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ERIC Number: ED433792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 29
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Developing Peer Groups for the Oregon University System: From Politics to Analysis (and Back). AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Weeks, Susan F.; Puckett, Dave; Daron, Ruth
This paper describes the year-long process of building a set of peer comparators for Oregon's seven diverse public universities to serve the analytic needs of budgeting, performance measurement, and trend analysis. Some underlying assumptions informed the development of the peer groups: because several critical political issues required inter-institutional unity, peer groups had to be developed and implemented with the participation and support of all seven university presidents. In addition, the peer groups had to be understood and accepted by board members, legislators, and the Governor's office. The process ultimately resulted in a set of peer groups which, by combining use of detailed statistical information with sensitivity to the political dynamics and judgments of campus presidents and staff, found acceptance in both political and analytical environments. Ten conditions contributing to success are identified including a market-oriented political economy, universal dissatisfaction with the university system's current competitive position, and specific funding-related applications requiring peer data. Plans for peer data collection are summarized. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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