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Ranking of West German Universities and Colleges

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Neidhardt, Friedhelm (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
  • SPIEGEL-Verlag, Hamburg
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • University, Research, the Sciences
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Post-compulsory education
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
subject of study; place to study; class; university teacher; university teaching
  • Abstract

    Judgement on learning conditions from the students´ perspective. Topics: Over-crowded and canceled courses; free choice of instructors and examiners; possibility of personal counceling by instructors; judgement on professors´ preparation for their courses; possibility of advance or follow-up work for courses during semester breaks; explanation of exam results and homework by the instructors; instructors´ consideration of students´ suggestions or stimulus; conveying recent research results in courses; clear explanation of technical concepts; instructors with a particular reputation in area of specialization; orientation of courses available along professional experience; availability of relevant books in the university library; judgement on study surroundings and study rooms in institutes and departments; most important work areas and materials for work as well as their availability to the students; judgement on the currency of books and equipment in study areas; judgement on individual care of students during exercises; preferred city in which to first take up studies; cost of student housing per square meter; hourly wage for student jobs; study at other universities; number of semesters; expected grades in final exams.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-10 / 1989-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Students in their major subject in the 5th to 10th semester, who at the time had attended that particular university for at least one semester
Probability; Sampling Procedure Comment: Random sample. Sample of 12 students from each of the 15 most popular subjects at German universities.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 5990
    Number of Variables: 36
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1815 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • SPIEGEL: Die neuen Unis sind die besten. In: Der Spiegel, 1989, 50, S. 70-87.
  • SPIEGEL: Studieren heute: Welche Uni ist die beste? Hamburg: Spiegel-Verlag, SPIEGEL Spezial 1990.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Neidhardt, Friedhelm; SPIEGEL-Verlag, Hamburg (1990): Rangliste der westdeutschen Hochschulen 1989. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.