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"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success." -Irving Berlin

Assessment and Benchmarking

Data and Reporting
We will report annually
by gathering data on the metrics and benchmark measures, identifying critical concerns affecting policy definition and best practices, and measuring progress on qualitative issues, such as the following:
  • Stakeholders' perceptions of quality and performance of our curricula, research, services, programs, and graduates.

  • Environment quality, quality of life, career satisfaction, and climate related to diversity and culture.
  • Policies and practices affecting faculty and staff hiring, achievement, professional development, and advancement.
We will benchmark by
comparing ourselves to seven institutions selected based on the following characteristics: Carnegie Institute Research I classification, comprehensive academic programs for both undergraduate and graduate education, multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary offerings, scope and funding level of research program, diversity programs and experience, and reputation of the engineering enterprise:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas-Austin
Benchmark Measures
Standardized test scores
Number of National Merit Scholars, NSF Fellows, and NAE members
Average scholarship or fellowship per student
Annual PhDs granted per faculty and total time to PhD completion
Student-to-faculty ratio
Retention of faculty, staff, and students
Research expenditures overall and per faculty member
License agreements and patents
National rankings
Private giving and endowment value