A Multivariete Methodology for Selection of Accreditation Peers

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Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education


This paper describes one college’s effort to identify peer institutions for accreditation comparisons. Previously, peers had been chosen subjectively. A cross-disciplinary faculty team first identified relevant data that could serve as the basis for a more objective method. The authors then constructed a spreadsheet that allowed exploration of alternative models evaluated according to a multivariate, phi-square performance measure.