Peer Institutions Data

Selecting the University's Peers

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.

IPEDS Data Feedback Reports

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.

Peer Performance Reports

These reports are generated annually as part of the MHEC’s annual peer performance analysis.

Beginning with 2015, Peer Performance Reports are based on the “Competitor States Model” developed by the 2008 Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education (the Bohanan Commission).

Report for 2013 and prior are based on the peer-based model, which was adopted by the MHEC in September 1999 and which was used to identify institutions with similar funding standards and other characteristics. MHEC elected not to produce a Peer Performance Report for 2014.