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Ohio University selects 10 peer institutions

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2004) -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis announced today that his administration has identified 10 peer institutions that will be used as benchmarks as the university maps its long-term future.

The list includes Auburn University, University of Connecticut, Clemson University, University of Delaware, Indiana University, University of Missouri, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee and Washington State University. Seven of these universities serve as flagship institutions in their respective states.

"This is a common process within higher education, and an effective one," said McDavis. "Honestly and realistically holding up Ohio University in comparison to best practices from our closest colleagues can only strengthen our institution. There is much to learn from these outstanding universities that we can apply to our own strategic planning process."

The peers were selected based on a list of 48 criteria. The sources for the selected criteria included the U.S. News & World Report rankings and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and American Medical Association (AMA) studies.

The 48 variables are divided into nine categories. They are peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, student experience, finances, tuition and financial aid, faculty salaries, institutional characteristics, race and ethnicity and freshman admissions selectivity. Every peer school is a doctoral research extensive institution and compares favorably to Ohio University in at least 16 to 24 of the 48 variables.

The peer schools will serve as models for the president-appointed task force that has been charged with planning the future of Ohio University. The peers will serve an especially important role as the task force performs a critical self-evaluation of the university and eventually measures its progress.

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