From student life to the business office, parking to financial aid, and other administrative and student services units, the University Benchmark Project offers over 300 benchmarks that can be used to measure and share the success of your university or college.

The benchmarks your institution needs to demonstrate its success.

Using a proven method to measure performance, the University of Wisconsin - Stout and the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute have created a tool to help your institution make informed decisions.

With the input of universities and colleges across the county, these benchmarks have been created for colleges to use to compare against their peer groups—all with the end goals to improve:  

  • efficiency
  • institutional effectiveness
  • the student experience

Without a means and context for comparison, data by itself provides little or no opportunity for useful interpretation.  Comparison enables one to evaluate data to determine the level and significance of performance and to develop strategies for improvement.”

Carla Pogliano Connor, Ph.D
Vice Provost for Program Development and Compliance
Dunwood College of Technology


University Benchmark Project members can create national, regional, and peer comparison reports based on these benchmarks:

Administrative Services


Business and Financial Services

  • FTE
  • Budget
  • Scope of Services
  • Accounts Receivable Metrics
  • Purchase Order Metrics

Institutional Effectiveness

  • FTE
  • Budget
  • Scope of Services
    • Institutional Research
    • Strategic Planning
    • Assessment
    • Accreditation
  • Office Activities and Prioritization

Research Services

  • FTE
  • Budget
  • Scope of Services
  • Proposal Process
  • R&D Expenditures
  • Budget for Faculty Support

Other Administrative Service Units

  • Advancement
  • Information Technology
  • Security/Police
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Parking
  • Physical Plant

Student Services


Activities/Student Life

  • FTE
  • Budget
  • Scope of Services

And many other benchmarks


  • FTE
  • Budget
  • Scope of Services

And many other benchmarks


  • FTE
  • Budget
  • Scope of Services
  • Inventory
  • Sales

And many other benchmarks


Other Student Service Units

  • Advisement
  • Athletics
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Dining Services
  • Disability Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Health Services
  • Housing
  • Library
  • International Programs
  • Registration & Records
  • Tutor Services