Voluntary Disclosure in UK Higher Education

Proceedings of the International Conference on Research in Education, Teaching and Learning.

Year: 2018 | Page No:42-56

DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.33422/ICETL.2018.11.82

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Factors Responsible For the Under-Representation of Women in Senior High School Headship in the Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana

Kusi, H.



Following adoption of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) by the British government, awards of Gold, Silver, and Bronze ratings to UK universities that satisfied TEF criteria were announced in June 2017. We categorize UK universities in five buckets on the basis of their ranking and investigate whether top ranked schools are least likely to disclose their rankings on their websites. Furthermore, we test whether Guardian university rankings are consistent and informative about the TEF medals awarded. Our finding that the higher the ranking of the university the less the likelihood to disclose the TEF result on the university’s website is consistent with prior literature. We assert that universities that have a higher rank use nondisclosure as a countersignal, while universities that have a middle rank use disclosure to stand out from the other middle rank universities. Moreover, we find that the probability of UK universities to get a TEF Gold is significantly lower than that of the top-10 and that probability falls substantially in lower ranking buckets. Finally, even though Guardian rankings appear to be generally consistent with and supportive of TEF ratings, only 35% of the top-ranked universities by The Guardian are rated TEF Gold, indicating discrepancy between Guardian rankings and public national TEF classifications, thereby rendering further investigation of the Guardian ranking – TEF rating relationship necessary, in order to enhance the usefulness of rankings for student consumers.