Issues of public accountability, trends toward performance-based funding, and increasing competition are forcing institutions to place heavy emphasis on benchmarking, performance indicators, and strategic planning activities. A primary foundation for these efforts is to establish a list of peer institutions.
Depending on the elements examined, many different lists may exist, and each list may experience modification as necessary. Elements used to determine peers may be numbers, classifications, best-practice activities, consortium memberships, and anything else that might evoke a common bond or interest. Below are some listings of peer institutions for the University of Central Oklahoma.
The peer group comparisons reports below are based on IPEDS data for a given point in time. Please see the Factbook and Demographics books for UCO trends.
IPEDS also produces a report using peer groups to compare various measures.
The Office of Institutional Research maintains a list of peer institutions in conjunction with Academic Affairs and other divisions. These peers were chosen based on criteria such as enrollment, full-time faculty, student/faculty ratio, location, and overall "fit". The Metropolitan Peer Group (institutions below) was approved by RUSO in Summer 2008 and by OSRHE in Spring 2009.
Boise State University, Boise, ID
California State University-Fresno, Fresno, CA
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX
Towson University, Towson, MD
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH