In 2014, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) voted to adopt the “Competitor
States Model” developed by the 2008 Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding
Higher Education (the Bohanan Commission). This model compares funding for each public
four-year institution in Maryland to that of similar public institutions within the
ten states that Maryland competes against most heavily in the national economy: California,
Massachusetts, Washington, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Virginia, and Minnesota.
Towson University’s leadership selected 11 performance peers in May 2015. Towson University's
listing of peers includes comparator and aspirant institutions with similar mixes
of academic offerings, enrollment headcounts, student diversity, and student performance.
These reports provide comparisons, between Towson University and its performance peers,
on a number of measures of student enrollment, student performance, expenditures,
and faculty/staff levels. The National Center for Education Statistics uses data from
the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to generate these comparison reports.