As of early 2010, UCF has developed a new list of peer institutions for benchmarking purposes. The new peer list aligns with UCF's 2009 Strategic Plan and replaces UCF's list of peers established for the 2002-2007 UCF Strategic Plan, "Pathways to Prominence." This list of 22 institutions will be held static over the course of the planning horizon. Fourteen "comparison" institutions are appropriate for benchmarking purposes, while eight additional "aspirational" institutions are considered to be stronger in some measures and may assist UCF in target-setting exercises.
The selection process began by identifying a large pool of candidate institutions, using nationally published rankings and classification data. Next, the institutions were grouped using cluster analysis methods that considered factors including surrounding population, student body, faculty, and financial characteristics, among others. This cluster analysis was performed as an iterative process, allowing for careful consideration at each step. Finally, administrative input was considered and the list was finalized.
This list of peers for comparative analysis is maintained by UAPS and is submitted annually on UCF's behalf by the Office of Institutional Research to IPEDS for use in the annual IPEDS Data Feedback Report. These reports can be viewed for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.
To visit the institution's main website, simply click on the institution's name. To view the institution's Common Data Set, click on the icon next to the institution's name.
The office of University Analysis and Planning Support has compiled comparative characteristics for each of the comparison and aspirational peer institutions in a downloadable tabbed Excel workbook. This list references fall 2008 data. Additional benchmarking resources are also available on the Comparative Data Sources page.
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