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UNM Peer Institutions

Peer institutions are selected as a means to benchmark university performance against a set of similar institutions. There is not one ideal set of peers that works for all instances. Sometimes UNM compares itself to public AAU institutions, an aspirational group of high-performing research institutions. Other times UNM compares itself to institutions that have a student body more similar to UNM's (moderately selective, primarily commuter, and with a high percentage of minority students). There are two groups of peers that are often used. The Higher Education Department (HED) set has been used for approximately 20 years, and is the set of peers accepted by the state. The set used for IPEDS comparsons is comprised of public research universities from adjacent states as well as some of the Midwest universities that are in the state grouping.

Peer Institutions Approved by the Higher Education Department

 The peers were chosen as institutions with a similar mix of programs, size, and mission as UNM.


Peer Institutions Used for IPEDS Comparisons

All institutions submit IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) data annually to NCES (National Center for Education Statistics). IPEDS publishes a Data Feedback Report each year and asks each institution submit a list of peers. UNM selected research universities in near-by states and in the Midwest. The 20 selected institutions provide a comparison group that includes a mix of demographically similar and aspirational peers.