Statistics, damned statistics

January 28, 2010

Your latest student satisfaction survey contains glaring methodological shortcomings ("It's all about them", 14 January). Most striking is the minute sample size (in our university's case, 0.16 per cent - 41 students out of 24,000). The National Student Survey requires a minimum of 50 per cent respondents in each category before the data are taken into account.

Unlike the NSS, moreover, the THE table fails to take account of how different subject groups may have different expectations and responses to resources or staffing questions. To attempt to pass authoritative judgment on such flimsy statistics is intellectually dishonest.

Mohammad Dastbaz, Dean of the School of Computing, Information Technology and Engineering University of East London.

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most commented

Recent controversy over the future directions of both Stanford and Melbourne university presses have raised questions about the role of in-house publishing arms in a world of commercialisation, impact agendas, alternative facts – and ever-diminishing monograph sales. Anna McKie reports

3 October


Featured jobs

Senior Lecturer in Law

University Of The West Of England (uwe)

Lecturer in Marketing

Edinburgh Napier University

Resource Planner

Bpp University

Waste and Recycling/Grounds Operative

St Marys University, Twickenham

Faculty, English

Khalifa University