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North Central Association Higher Learning Commission
Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education

Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions: An Overview, 2003 Edition [pdf]
Handbook of Accreditation, Third Edition [pdf]

Minot State University’s SBHE "Peer" Institutions
In September 2005, the North Dakota Legislative Council engaged MGT of America, Inc., for the purpose of conducting a "Higher Education Funding and Accountability Study." The study made a comprehensive review of such aspects of North Dakota higher education as long-term financing, comparison with other state systems, status of previous Higher Education Roundtable recommendations, and evaluation of Roundtable accountability measures and benchmarks. The report provided findings, identified alternatives, and made recommendations related to these issues. In the process of this endeavor, each NDUS institution was assigned a set of "peer" institutions for use in making comparisons.

University "peer" institutions are defined by the study as those "‘most like’ one another based on similarities on a group of variables like mission, size, organization, control, location, mix of programs, and student body characteristics." For the North Dakota study, institutional peers were first classed by MGT into four sectors: Research, Masters, Baccalaureate, and Two-year institutions. For each of these sectors, a "sample" of institutions was drawn from the list of all public U. S. colleges and universities. For the Masters sector (MSU is Carnegie-classed as a Masters institution), all Masters I and Masters II institutions were included in the initial list. From that list, a statistical factor analysis was applied in order to determine a "distance score" for each of 22 factors, upon the basis of which institutions most like Minot State University were identified. The following institutions have in this way been determined by the North Dakota Legislative Council to be MSU’s "peer" institutions.

Western Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Georgia Southwestern State University
North Georgia College & State University
Georgia College and State University
Kentucky State University
Bemidji State University
Northwest Missouri State University
Chadron State College
New Jersey City University
Eastern New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
New Mexico Highlands University
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania