Appendix A - Preliminary Metrics and Benchmarks

Goal 1.  Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen our performance and pre-eminence in the five thematic areas.

We will measure our success in creating outstanding academic programs by how we are ranked by others, our ability to attract diverse, high quality faculty and students, our ability to attract external funds, our research impact and creative outputs, and the impact we have on society. As such, our metrics for Goal 1 will include:

  • Faculty recognition and awards
  • % of women and % of minority faculty
  • Entering student profile: undergraduate - high school GPA/SAT; graduate - GRE scores
  • % of US minority and % international students
  • Programmatic and university rankings by NRC, US News & World Report, and professional agencies
  • Federal agency R&D rankings
  • Total research expenditures
  • Economic and societal impact of OSU on Oregon
Goal 2. 
Improve the teaching and learning environment and achieve student persistence and success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the country.

We will measure our success in improving the teaching and learning environment by the characteristics of learning opportunities; the support students receive; and student persistence, satisfaction, and success in graduating and finding employment. As such, our metrics for Goal 2 will include:

  • Student/faculty ratio
  • % of classes less than 20; greater than 50
  • % of students satisfied with educational experience
  • % of students participating in service learning, learning communities, internships, capstone experiences, undergraduate research/scholarship, or study abroad
  • Freshman retention rate
  • Six-year graduation rate
  • Degrees awarded by gender and ethnicity
  • % employed one year following graduation
  • student recognition in national competitions and academic societies
Goal 3.  Substantially increase revenues from private fundraising, partnerships, research grants, and technology transfers while strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources.

We will measure our success in increasing revenues and efficiency by our ability to raise funds from non-state sources and our ability to match peers in administrative efficiency. As such, our metrics for Goal 3 will include:

  • Private giving revenue
  • Auxiliary revenues
  • Administrative cost as % of total budget as compared with peers
  • Revenues from patents, licenses, and technology transfer
  • Annual growth rate relative to Oregon CPI

 

Benchmarks. We will benchmark our progress with the following universities:

  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Davis
  • Cornell University
  • University of Illinois
  • Michigan State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Wisconsin