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Strategic Plan Benchmarks for 2001-2006

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Progress Report Year
  2003-04 2002-03
 
Purdue
Purdue Mean
Purdue
Purdue Mean
Recruit and retain a diverse world-class faculty and staff for establishing and sustaining preeminent research and scholarship, learning, and engagement programs:        
Overall average faculty salary (in thousands) $79.6 $85.5 $75.2 82.6
Number of Faculty who are members in the National Academy of Sciences 3 32 4 32
Number of Faculty who are members in the National Academy of Engineers 11 23 11 23
Number of faculty awards in Arts and Humanities 5 10 6 10
Recruit and retain academically talented undergraduate and graduate students with exemplary support for them to achieve success:        
Entering students' average SAT Scores 1150 1245 1150 1245
Entering students' average high school rank 77% 88% 77% 86%
Number of freshmen that are National Merit Scholars 93 72 88 77
Average 10-month net salary for graduate teaching assistants $13,296 $13,396 $12,867 $13,060
Average 10-month net salary for graduate research assistants $14,326 $14,136 $13,923 $13,433
Average amount of financial aid per undergraduate student FTE $6,778 $6,413 $5,943 $5,721
Average amount of undergraduate indebtedness upon graduation $16,641 $17,176 $15,900 $16,426
Enhance human and intellectual diversity among students, faculty, staff, and administrators along with programs of support for career development, retention, and success, and improved climate for diversity:        
Faculty demography Female 22.9% 24.9% 22.2% 23.6%
  Minority 16.8% 16.2% 14.1% 14.9%
Staff demography Female 58.2% 55.4% 58.7% 56.6%
  Minority 7.4% 23.5% 7.0% 22.8%
Student demography Female 41.1% 47.9% 41.5% 48.7%
  Minority 10.5% 25.0% 10.0% 24.1%
Vigorously pursue financial resource development that acknowledges the importance of partnership and the interdependence of multiple funding sources:        
State appropriations per student FTE $7,555 $11,884 $7,486 $12,619
Tuition and fee revenue per student FTE $8,367 $8,564 $7,409 $8,165
Annual giving (in millions) (excludes pledge values) $182.7 $193.5 $164.0 $183.2
Endowment market value (in billions) $1.1 $2.7 $1.1 $2.7
Create incentives that encourage faculty productivity in research and scholarship:        
NSF Research and development expenditures as a fraction of IPEDS        

Adjusted Total Annual Operating Expenses

34% 38% 33% 36%
NSF expenditures budgeted for Science and Engineering        

per all tenure and tenure-track faculty FTE

$173,414 $285,574 $163,516 $268,703
 
Progress Report Year
  2003-04 2002-03
 
Purdue
Purdue Mean
Purdue
Purdue Mean
Undertake cutting-edge and visionary initiatives that are promising as signature areas for achieving preeminence in research and scholarship:        
National academic ranking by US News (number of programs in the top 20) 38 67 39 69
Increase faculty numbers and their participation in undergraduate instruction (while reducing reliance on graduate teaching assistants), and expand programs for faculty, graduate students, and professional staff to improve their teaching abilities:        
Percent of undergraduate class sections where faculty are the primary instructors 74% 85% 72% 87%
Percent of undergraduate student credit hours generated by faculty as the primary instructor for a given fall semester 74% 85% 73% 84%
Number of undergraduate student credit hours generated by faculty as the primary instructor for a given fall semester 356,138 312,894 350,579 314,316
Systematically conduct periodic program self-studies that assess learning outcomes and student success:        
Undergraduate student retention rates (one-year) 87.1% 91.4% 86.8% 90.8%
Undergraduate student retention rates (six-year) 67.0% 77.7% 65.7% 77.2%
Graduate student average years to doctorate 7.3 7.9 7.3 7.8
Percent of bachelor graduates who have accepted employment 71% 49% 70% n/a
Percent of bachelor graduates who are seeking graduate education 19% 33% 18% 29%
Number of doctoral degrees granted 463 526 409 497
Continue to implement an enrollment management strategy consistent with University resources:        
Student-to-faculty ratio 15 to 1 15.8 to 1 15.5 to 1 16.2 to 1
Average undergraduate section class size 44 42 39 43
IPEDS Adjusted Total Annual Operating Expenses per FTE student $23,076 $33,966 $22,430 $32,696
Student credit hours per FTE faculty (undergraduate and graduate credit hours) 249 210 254 193
Graduate student enrollment 7,099 7,732 6,758 7,581
Professional student enrollment 900 1,108 899 1,316
Increase partnerships to enhance commercialization of research, entrepreneurial initiatives, support for startup companies, and assistance to the state and to business, industry, and agriculture:        
Number of regular, conversion, and provisional patents applied for 156 139 109 138
Number of patents issued 27 45 21 53
Total number of copyright and invention disclosures 147 188 152 183
Number of licenses and options exercised 78 59 73 53
Number of start-up companies formed 9 6 10 6
Enhance alumni relations by cultivating alumni interests, increasing communication, and involving alumni and patrons in University programs and with students and faculty:        
Percent of undergraduates that are alumni donors (two-year average for peers) 20% 18% 20% 17%

NOTE: Year for which benchmarks were reported may be for academic, calendar, or fiscal years as appropriate for the data represented. See Progress on Purdue's Strategic Plan Benchmark and Metric Report for more details.

Source: Office of Institutional Research


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