Benchmarking in Higher Education

May 27, 2020

Are you looking for a way to analyze the structure, staffing, efficiency and effectiveness of your non-academic support units (administrative units and student services units) to meet accreditation requirements or to make informed decisions on programs, budgets, and resource allocation?

Look no further, sign up today! The University Benchmarking Project enrollment is open with data collection to begin on July 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020.

Check out the UBP website here for more information or to join. You can join right from the website, or you can contact us to schedule a demo or ask specific questions.

At the University of Wisconsin- Stout, we were looking for a way to make our internal review process more meaningful using benchmarking data for continuous improvement. As we researched available options, we recognized that Higher Education has limited, readily available sources of comparison data or benchmarks for non-academic support units for 4-year institutions. In our research, we found an expert in benchmarking for 2-year institutions and decided to partner.

“As a public institution with decreasing state funding, it is important to me and my colleagues to be able to provide our funders and legislators comparison metrics.  The University Benchmark Project will provide us with the data to accurately describe the level of service we are able to offer our community through our infrastructure.” - Will Simpkins, Vice President of Student Affairs, at Metropolitan State University of Denver

The University of Wisconsin-Stout and the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute have partnered to provide an opportunity for 4-year institutions of higher education to collect and use data at the unit level for benchmarking. The full list of administrative and student services units can be found on the website.

We have enlisted the help of a National Advisory Board and over 80 subject matter experts (SMEs) from 50 institutions to improve definition clarity and add critical metrics and benchmarks for each unit. We will tell you in a future blog post the process we used to gather feedback from SMEs.

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