Academic Planning

The University of Oregon’s 2009 Academic Plan and 2013 Benchmarking Report include data and information that will inform our strategic direction as we work to continually improve the university.

The brief benchmarking report compares several specific UO metrics to the average of those at our Association of American Universities (AAU) public peers. The AAU is a group of 62 top-tier public and private high-intensity research universities. The University of Oregon has been a member of this prestigious group since 1969, and continually measures its goals and achievements against those of our 34 elite public AAU peers. 

This report was compiled at President Gottfredson’s request under the direction of a committee chaired by Brad Shelton, Vice Provost for Budget and Planning; and including Scott Coltrane, then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Kimberly Espy, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School; Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion; Roger Thompson, Vice President for Enrollment Management; Frances Bronet, Dean of the College of Architecture and Allied Arts; Karen Sprague, then Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies; and Mike Bullis, then Dean of the College of Education, with input from others.

The report utilizes standard reliable data from various sources such as IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Data System), Higher Education Research and Development Survey, and Academic Analytics, LLC. It is not intended to be comprehensive, and factors such as the influence of schools of medicine, engineering, and agriculture (present in many of our AAU peers but not at the UO) must be considered. Taken together with the academic plan  and other tools and information, the benchmarking report provides useful empirical data to help us plan our strategic direction.