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Abstract

This work builds upon an analysis of regional universities that began in 2009, to build a geographically-based, quantifiable definition of the nation's regional universities. It builds on efforts begun by Katsinas (1993) to geographically map access oriented community colleges, which resulted in the geographic coding of Associate's Colleges as part of the 2005 and 2010 Basic Classification of Institutions of Higher Education published by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Katsinas, Lacey, & Hardy, 2005).

Key findings

1. Wide variation in salaries and fringe benefits based upon geographic region served.

2. Wide variation in salaries and fringe benefits based if collective bargaining exists.

3. Access institutions need a 21st century classification scheme to reflect mission, workload

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