As WSU embarks on the Drive to 25, leaders must measure the initiative’s success, report progress, and celebrate accomplishments.
Success in the Drive to 25 initiative will be informed and measured largely by the metrics established by The Center for Measuring University Performance (CMUP) at Arizona State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CMUP publishes a report each year identifying the top American research universities.
What CMUP metrics include
CMUP evaluates universities using 10 measurements:
- Total research and development expenditures
- Federal research and development expenditures
- Endowment assets
- Annual giving
- National Academy members
- Faculty awards
- Doctorates granted
- Post doctoral appointees
- Median SAT scores
- National Merit Scholars
WSU’s Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) already tracks most of these measures through its ongoing assessment and reporting processes. (See Table 1, at right.)
CMUP’s Top 25 list
CMUP’s top 25 public research universities are those institutions that rank in the top 25—among all public universities—on at least one of the 10 measures cited above. Using those criteria, a total of 40 public institutions qualify as Top 25 public universities.
CMUP’s Top 26-50 list
The next tier of Top Public Research Universities (26-50) identifies those institutions that rank 26 through 50 among their public counterparts on at least one of the 10 measures above. There are 32 public institutions on the Top 26-50 list.
WSU and CMUP metrics compared
WSU already tracks many of these metrics. They are used to assess WSU’s efforts to be a preeminent institution in research and provide a quality, transformative educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students.
Finalizing the metrics
Discussions about the metrics WSU applies to measure success will be an important part of the upcoming town halls. Finalization of the measures will incorporate the feedback of the entire WSU system.
Table 1. Comparison of the CMUP’s measures to the IEC’s data collection based on the four strategic themes in the WSU Strategic Plan, 2014-2019
|CMUP Measure||WSU Strategic Plan – IEC Measure x Theme|
|Total research and development expenditure||Theme 1a(1)—Total R&D expenditures|
|Federal research and development expenditures||Theme 1a(2)—Federal R&D expenditures|
|Endowment assets||Theme 4f(55)—Endowment assets|
|Annual giving||Theme 4f(54)—Annual private support|
|National Academy Members||Theme 1b(8)—Number of National Academy members per 1,000 faculty|
|Faculty awards||Theme 1b(6)—Number of prestigious/highly prestigious faculty awards, number of faculty awards per 1,000 faculty|
|Doctorates granted||Theme 2a(19)—Aligns with the CMUP metric “Graduate degrees awarded including master’s, doctoral, professional, high demand, and STEM”|
|Post-doc appointees||Theme 1e(15)—Increasing engagement and productivity of graduate students, postdoctoral associates (Not fully assessed)|
|Median SAT scores||Theme 2(d)29—Average SAT (best score) of incoming freshmen|
|National Merit and Achievement Scholars|