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Benchmark Measures

With the implementation of the strategic plan, Purdue will assess its progress utilizing a set of benchmark measures for comparison with the peer institutions. Benchmark measures include:

Input Measures

  • Entering students' standardized test scores and high school rank percentiles
  • Number of National Merit Scholars
  • Students-to-faculty ratio
  • Undergraduate class size
  • Shares of undergraduate class sections and student credit hours taught by faculty
  • Graduate enrollment
  • Faculty salaries by discipline and rank
  • Graduate assistant stipend level by discipline
  • Appropriations, tuition, fee revenues per FTE student
  • Student financial aid (per student and as a fraction of educational and general [E&G] expenditures); aid to underrepresented students (per student and as fraction of total aid)
  • Sponsored funding (total and NSF data for sciences and engineering) per FTE faculty
  • Private giving and endowment value

Output Measures

  • Student retention and graduation rates (years to degree for graduate students)
  • Graduates' career placement and advanced study enrollment
  • Number of doctoral degrees granted per year
  • Student indebtedness upon graduation
  • E&G expenditures per FTE student
  • Student credit hours (SCH) per FTE faculty
  • Demography of underrepresented populations (faculty, staff, students)
  • Research and development (R&D) expenditures as a share of E&G expenditures
  • National Academy/other prestigious memberships
  • National ranking of academic programs
  • Number of license agreements and patents for technology transfer
  • Participation rate of alumni as donors to the University
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