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ERIC Number: ED504414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Using the IPEDS Peer Analysis System in Peer Group Selection. Professional File Number 110, Winter 2008
Xu, Juan
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
Compared to traditional classification methods, developing a peer group using the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) data allows institutions to add comparative dimensions, to update the peer group, and to track changes at peer institutions over time. Peer selection and comparisons can become dynamic processes. The development of a peer group is especially important as Canadian institutions attempt to set operational or performance benchmarks by looking at U.S. institutions. The purpose of this study is to develop a U.S. peer group for a Canadian university--Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario--by adopting a hybrid approach using statistics and judgment. As a result of this approach, a total of 20 U.S. institutions were selected as similar to Brock University based on size, enrollment intensity, student mix, research activity, and program mix. To provide guidance to other universities wishing to develop a peer group, this paper describes the steps taken in the peer selection process and shares the lessons learned during the research process. (Contains 6 tables.) [The AIR "Professional File" is intended as a presentation of papers which synthesize and interpret issues, operations, and research of interest in the field of institutional research.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
Identifiers - Location: Canada