This thought-provoking article has just appeared in the London Review of Books (Vol. 13, No. 10, May 19). In it, Hotson questions the prevailing view in the UK that US universities perform far better than their counterparts here. He argues that closer inspection of league tables and rankings shows that the UK does very well if population numbers are taken into account. The UK, Hotson suggests, has more top 20 universities per head of the population than the US and it has managed to achieve this with a fraction of what the US spends on higher education. This effect is intensified if the league tables are considered in their entirety.
To read the whole article, go to: www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n10/howard-hotson/dont-look-to-the-ivy-league