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


The full range of Student Service Units includes the following organized by the CAS functional areas:

  • Academic Advising 
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Programs 
  • Campus Activities Programs 
  • Campus Information and Visitor Services 
  • Campus Religious, Secular and Spiritual Programs 
  • Career Services 
  • Case Management Services 
  • Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Programs 
  • Clinical Health Services 
  • College Honor Society Programs 
  • Collegiate Recreation Programs 
  • Conference and Events Programs 
  • Counseling Services 
  • Disability Resources and Services 
  • Education Abroad Programs and Services 
  • Financial Aid Programs
  • Fraternity and Sorority Advising Programs 
  • Graduate and Professional Student Programs and Services 
  • Health Promotion Services 
  • International Student Programs and Services 
  • Internship Programs 
  • Learning Assistance Programs 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Q+ Programs and Services 
  • Multicultural Student Programs and Services 
  • Orientation Programs 
  • Parent and Family Programs 
  • Post-traditional and Comuter Student Programs and Services 
  • Registrar Programs and Services
  • Sexual Violance-Related Programs and Services 
  • Student Conduct Programs 
  • Student Leadership Programs 
  • Student Media Programs 
  • Sustainability Programs 
  • Testing Programs and Services 
  • Transfer Student Programs and Services 
  • TRIO and College Access Programs 
  • Undergraduate Admissions Programs and Services
  • Undergraduate Research Programs 
  • Veterans and Military-Connected Programs and Services
  • Women's and Gender Programs and Services