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Strategic Plan for 2001-2007 (completed1) Benchmarks - West Lafayette Campus
(for Progress Report Years 2005-06 and 2006-07)
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Progress Report Year
 
2005-06
2006-07
 
Purdue
Peer Mean
Purdue
Peer 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) $84.4 $90.8 $86.2 $94.0
Number of faculty who are members in the National Academy of Sciences 2 31 2 31
Number of faculty who are members in the National Academy of Engineers 17 24 17 25
Number of faculty awards in Arts and Humanities 3 10 4 6
Recruit and retain academically talented undergraduate and graduate students with exemplary support for them to achieve success:        
Entering students' average SAT Scores 1150 1254 1142 1243
Entering students' average high school rank 75% n/a 76% 86%
Number of freshmen that are National Merit Scholars 86 76 85 81
Average 10-month net salary for graduate teaching assistants $13,966 $14,394 $14,244 $14,983
Average 10-month net salary for graduate research assistants $15,362 $15,278 $15,926 $15,618
Average amount of financial aid per undergraduate student FTE $7,955 $7,919 $8,635 $7,963
Average amount of undergraduate indebtedness upon graduation $18,978 $17,945 $20,102 $18,344
Enhance human and intellectual diversity among students, faculty, staff, and administrators along with programs of support for career development, retention and success, and improving climate for diversity:        
Faculty demography: Female 22.9% 24.8% 23.2% 25.7%
  Minority 16.8% 16.2% 19.4% 16.7%
Staff demography: Female 57.6% 55.4% 57.4% 55.2%
  Minority 5.8% 23.5% 6.2% 22.9%
Student demography: Female 41.1% 47.4% 41.3% 47.7%
  Minority Domestic 12.9% 28.5% 13.3% 29.1%
Vigorously pursue financial resource development that acknowledges the importance of partnership and the interdependence of multiple funding sources:        
State appropriations per student FTE $7,660 $11,150 $7,600 $11,624
Tuition and fee revenue per student FTE $10,373 $10,671 $11,158 $11,478
Annual giving (in millions) (excludes pledge values) $186.4 $210.0 $177.4 $203.0
Endowment market value (in billions) $1.3 $2.5 $1.5 $2.9
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

35% 39% 34% 38%
NSF expenditures budgeted for Science and Engineering        

per all tenure and tenure-track faculty FTE

$198,540 $327,756 $199,365 $297,405
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) 33 55 34 54
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% 81% 73% 83%
   Percent of undergraduate student credit hours generated by faculty as the primary instructor for a given
   fall semester
74% 84% 74% 84%

   Number of undergraduate student credit hours generated by faculty as the primary instructor for a given
   fall semester

345,938 315,221 361,221 320,734
Systematically conduct periodic program self-studies that assess learning outcomes and student success:        
   Undergraduate student retention rates (one-year) 83.5% 92.3% 84.4% 92.2%
   Undergraduate student retention rates (six-year) 67.2% 79.8% 71.0% 80.8%
   Graduate student average years to doctorate 10.1 10.7 10.5 10.5
   Percent of bachelor graduates who have accepted employment 72% n/a 73% n/a
   Percent of bachelor graduates who are seeking graduate education 20% n/a 17% n/a
   Number of doctoral degrees granted 524 578 566 605
Continue to implement an enrollment management strategy consistent with university resources:        
   Student-to-faculty ratio 14.4 to 1 15.9 to 1 14.2 to 1 15.8 to 1
   Average undergraduate section class size 44 43 43 42
   IPEDS Adjusted Total Annual Operating Expenses per FTE student $26,603 $37,078 $27,834 $38,294
   Student credit hours per FTE faculty (undergraduate and graduate credit hours) 235 198 239 203
   Graduate student enrollment 6,935 7,889 7,023 7,955
   Professional student enrollment 905 1,503 915 1,518
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 160 125 180 140
   Number of patents issued 26 53 27 51
   Total number of copyright and invention disclosures 208 225 231 n/a
   Number of licenses and options exercised 74 69 79 69
   Number of start-up companies formed 6 8 5 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% 17% 18% 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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