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Aspirational Peers

Aspirational Peer Institutions

As part of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s strategic plan process, each institution was asked to submit a list of other institutions they “aspire” to be like based on some defined set of criteria (such as mission, institutional size, program mix, retention rates, graduation rates, etc). The University of West Georgia (UWG) is committed to attaining “educational excellence in a personal environment through an intellectually stimulating and supportive community for its students, faculty and staff.” With the goal of becoming a destination institution, UWG has identified the following TEN aspirational peer institutions across the nation, based on a number of characteristics that are closely aligned with its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan initiatives.


Appalachian State University   

California State University -- Chico   

Eastern Illinois University    

James Madison University     

Montclair State University      

Murray State University     

University of Northern Iowa     

University of North Carolina -- Wilmington      

West Chester University of Pennsylvania       

Western Kentucky University