CU-Boulder considers the AAU (Association of American Universities) public institutions as its peer group for comparisons of faculty salaries, instruction, and many other activities.
Map of all AAU institutions:
We usually exclude Toronto and McGill (in Canada) from the list of public AAUs; all US public AAU's are listed below. For peer comparisons we sometimes exclude Rutgers, which has unionized faculty; sometimes excluded schools using FASB rather than GASB financial reporting rules (Rutgers, Penn State, Pitt through at least FY08, maybe 09, but changed to GASB FY10); sometimes exclude all those with medical activity.
Public AAU's, United States only, N = 34. * No medical school, N = 14.
University of Arizona
Note: University of Nebraska - Lincoln's AAU membership ended April 2011.
The AAU is a group of over 60 Research I universities; membership is by invitation only. Visit the AAU website for more information on the AAU, a list of all institutions (including privates) with their membership date, and a link to their homepage.
Most public and private AAU members belong to the "AAU Data Exchange" (AAUDE), a group not officially part of the AAU. Former AAU members may also belong to AAUDE. AAUDE members exchange data on a number of topics. See our faculty-salary comparisons for an example of one way in which we've used these comparative data.
The AAUDE also sponsors an electronic-based mechanism for exchanging ad hoc queries.
CDHE peer institutions for CU-Boulder -- all (then-)AAU US public without medical activity, excluding Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Purdue. Includes Nebraska. N=11 without CU-Boulder. Some are land grant.
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