ERIC Number: ED301553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-10
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Quantitatively-Based Peer Program Identification.
Peseau, Bruce A.
The purpose of peer group identification is to objectively organize a large number of academic programs so the results might be used for administrative analysis and comparison. Data from teacher education programs in 76 public universities were analyzed using multi-stage statistical procedures. Data on 215 variables (e.g., average class size, by level, student-faculty ratio, faculty salaries, tuition) were reduced to 37 key indicators of resources and productivity. The factor scores for each teacher education program were used to produce a cluster analysis, which paired the programs by similarity, and yielded five clusters of programs. Three tests were used to verify the optimum fit of the programs within the clusters and the correct number of clusters. These follow-up procedures included analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, and classification analyses. Several suggestions are included for how deans of these programs could use the results for program and budget planning. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Louisville, KY, November 8-10, 1988).