NCG Selection Criteria
In the Spring of 1989 the President of St. Lawrence University appointed a faculty committee to reconsider the composition and use of a peer group to set faculty salaries at St. Lawrence. This was a complex analysis process, in conjunction with also the work of 2 consultants.
All institutions needed to fulfill the following criteria: be private; located east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon line; with an enrollment between 1000 and 4000 students; coeducational; awarding almost exclusively bachelor's degrees and defined under the old Carnegie Classification as Liberal Arts I or Liberal Arts II institution.
Institutions who were then most similar along 12 criteria including location, admissions selectivity, faculty quality and budget formed the "New Comparison Group" or "NCG". This "new" group of 25 institutions (replacing a peer group we called "The Sweet 16" from the early-to-mid 80s and a temporary set of "25" used as peers in the mid-to-late 1980s) guides many of our institutional comparisons.
The NCG was used through FY2011 for our salary policy and is now replaced for salary comparisons by the "USCG" .