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ERIC Number: ED491039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Modelling Institutional Similarities: A Study that Explores Why Peers are Peers and the Validity of the US News Framework for Assessing Quality
Brodnick, Robert; Rogers, Mike
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) (45th, San Diego, CA, May 29-Jun 1, 2005)
This study explored institutional similarities using modelling techniques in the national university population. Measures of proximity in national datasets shed light on the dynamics of peer group construction. Factors were identified that provide the foundation for peer similarities. Structural equation modelling allowed testing of fit across competing models; researchers choose to test the fit of the factors and weightings used in national rankings. Applications for higher education are: 1) the methods provide institutions with options to determine their own peers; 2) the validity of the "US News and World Report" framework is tested; and 3) limitations are noted in the application of national datasets as they currently exist while future research should include additional data collection. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures, and 9 appendices.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A