Benchmarking data helps you tell, shape, and guide the story of how the educational support units at your college perform. Today, that's strategically and fiscally important, especially when development dollars depend on measuring (and even defining) your college's performance--beyond enrollment and graduation rates.  

Membership in the project allows you to:

  • Have the data to tell your college's story.

  • Choose from 100+ benchmarks for your college to measure.

  • Track your benchmarks internally, externally, over time, beside peer institutions and against best performers.


100+ benchmarks created by an advisory board of university member from across the county help you set meaningful standards.

With experience from the several decades, both the Benchmarking Institute and the University of Wisconsin - Stout have the experience to help colleges across the United States gather and evaluate data on the benchmarks that matter most to them.


Relevant peer comparisons raise the bar.

Data means nothing without context. The University Benchmark Project lets you measure your college’s performance against peer institutions to help you identify opportunities and map strategic goals.

Select your peer group by college, state, enrollment, college type and other demographic characteristics. See how in this sample peer comparison or schedule a demo.


Create compelling reports for executives, strategists, and funders.

Customize reports for your internal or external audiences to demonstrate your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. High level summaries can quickly update executives and trustees while detailed reports can drive new strategies to improve student outcomes.


Ease the data collection burden.

The University Benchmark Project allows you to manage the data collection burden by allowing you to select which benchmarks your college provides data.  Very few are required data elements.


Share best practices.

Use the results to identify best practice colleges’ performance on benchmarks, then determine opportunities for improvement for your college to enhance your college's commitment to the students and academic mission.


Shape the dialogue around performance.

As one of the 1st benchmarking projects in the area of educational support, the University Benchmark Project and its members can help shape the dialogue around unit level support.


“The University Benchmarking Project will enable those of us on the administrative side of universities to have accurate data regarding how similar units function and are supported across the country.  And in some cases, the data may help us justify the need for increased resources.”

Teresa L. Hall, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Wichita State University


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