As Elon neared the mid-point of the Elon Commitment Strategic plan, the Long Range Planning Committee took on the charge of creating a new institutional Peer and Aspirant list. The Committee conducted research and consulted with various groups across campus, including the board of trustees, academic units, senior staff, academic council, alumni, students and parents. A campus conversation was held on September 5, 2014.
The work of the Long Range Planning Committee substantiated Elon’s distinction as a mid-sized, liberal arts university that is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and complemented by distinctive professional and graduate programs. Analysis of the data as well as a thorough examination of Elon’s Carnegie Classification indicated that there is no other school in the country exactly like Elon. Nonetheless, the study revealed several comparable schools in terms of size, scope, and resources.
It was in this spirit that the Long Range Planning Committee developed the following list of institutions that can be used in whole or in part for the purposes of general comparisons (Peer Institutions). Other lists, however, may be more appropriate for precise comparisons, such as those involving specific units or academic departments.
|Bucknell University (PA)||Institutional Research Office|
|Butler University, (IN)||Institutional Research Office|
|College of Charleston (SC)||Institutional Research Office|
|College of William & Mary (VA)||Institutional Research Office|
|Creighton University (NE)||Institutional Research Office|
|Davidson College (NC)||Institutional Research Office|
|Furman University (SC)||Institutional Research Office|
|Ithaca College (NY)||Institutional Research Office|
|James Madison University (VA)||Institutional Research Office|
|Lehigh University (PA)||Institutional Research Office|
|Loyola University (MD)||Institutional Research Office|
|Rollins College (FL)||Institutional Research Office|
|Santa Clara University (CA)||Institutional Research Office|
|University of Richmond (VA)||Institutional Research Office|
|Villanova University (PA)||Institutional Research Office|
With regard to a new list of Aspirant Institutions, the Long Range Planning Committee decided to focus on a list of institutions to be called “Programmatic Aspirants.”
Elon University aspires to become an even better Elon, committed to creating the preeminent community for engaged learning in the tradition of a liberal arts university and in the context of a residential living-learning environment.
In aspiring, the University looks to other colleges and universities that exemplify excellence, specifically excellence in practices central to high-impact teaching and learning environments and, moreover, excellence across a number of such practices. Institutions rising to this exemplar status are not limited to a category, but rather span from coast to coast, from large to small, from very high research to baccalaureate. It is not a category to which Elon aspires; it is to excellence.
The following institutions characterize such exemplar status, reflecting excellence within specific high-impact practices but also across a number of high-impact practices.
First Year Experiences
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It is noted that in the U.S. News & World Report list of programs that are "Focused on Student Success," Elon is recognized for excellence in first-year experiences, learning communities, service learning, internships, study abroad, senior capstone experiences, and undergraduate research. Many institutions from Elon's peer list may also be recognized for excellence in some of these high-impact practices but they are not included in the aspirational list because they will already be included in our analysis as peers.
The peer and programmatic aspirant lists are for institutional comparisons and can be used in planning and benchmarking. Departments and programs are encouraged to benchmark appropriate comparison schools.