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Comparator Peer Institutions

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, in an empirical study conducted in 2008, used a hybrid approach including both principal components analysis and qualitative judgment to identify a list of institutions with comparable characteristics (such as mission, size, control, programs mix, etc.) for each of the 35 USG institutions.  The choice of comparable institutions was restricted to public higher education institutions across the United States. 

The initial list of institutions used for the UWG comparator analysis was drawn from the 2006 IPEDS data for public, four-year institutions (excluding military academies) with Carnegie classification of Masters’ Colleges and Universities (larger programs), resulting in 165 institutions.  A cluster analysis of 166 institutions (including UWG) produced 12 cluster groups and the optimal cluster group narrowed the list down to 45 institutions.  It was from the list of 45 institutions that UWG used comparative data and qualitative judgment to identify the following EIGHTEEN institutions.     


Bridgewater State College  

California University of Pennsylvania  

Central Washington University  

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania  

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania  

Jacksonville State University   

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania   

Minnesota State University -- Mankato   

Northeastern State University  

Saginaw Valley State University  

Salem State University  

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania  

Southeastern Louisiana University  

University of Central Missouri  

Southeast Missouri State University   

SUNY College at Oswego   

University of Central Oklahoma  

University of Wisconsin -- Whitewater