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Institutional Peers

How do we measure up against similar institutions?


For WSU’s 2014-2019 strategic plan, the University compared its performance against institutional peers with which it shared several common characteristics, including being a public land-grant institution that had been characterized as “very high research” institutions by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (2015).

With the launch of the Drive to 25, WSU also began comparing its institutional progress against the top public American research universities based on their performance on metrics employed by The Center for Measuring University Performance (MUP)  and additional metrics the University community identified as central to WSU’s mission.

Peer institutions identified in 2014-2019 strategic plan that also are top 25 public research universities, per CMUP rankings (2017)

Colorado State University
North Carolina State University
Purdue University
University of Georgia
University of Maryland, College Park
Virginia Tech

Additional peer institutions identified in 2014-2019 strategic plan

Iowa State University
Louisiana State University
Mississippi State University
Oregon State University
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Tennessee (Knoxville)