Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ The Stratification of Universities Revisited: Status, Followers, and the Shape of National Hierarchies

Stephen Downes

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By the end of this paper (17 page PDF) it seems that the authors lament the impossibility of a 'Harvard of the North' though I am of a mind that we don't want one and don't need one. In any case, the authors examine the stratification of universities through the light of social media following (specifically: Twitter) instead of the traditional metrics of money and power, identifying Gini coefficients for Canadian university social media and their U.S. counterparts. A bit to their surprise, it seems, the social media assessment confirms, rather than refutes, the oft-noted relative equality of Canadian universities. Again, this is a good thing, not a bad thing.

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