WSU's Peer Institutions
Washington State University strives for excellence as a land-grant, research university with very high research activity (as classified in 2005 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) and compares itself to three groups of peer institutions.
For strategic planning purposes, WSU compares itself to members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a nonprofit organization of 61 public and private prestigious and influential research universities in both the United States and Canada. Four of these are land-grant, research universities with veterinary medicine programs and without medical schools. WSU considers these institutions to be aspirational peers: Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, and Texas A&M University.
Created and used by the Washington State Legislature, WSU's Legislative Peer set consists of twenty-two, public, land-grant research universities with a veterinary medicine program.
In addition to the legislative peers, WSU has seven Global Challenge State Peers as recommended by the Washington Learns Steering Committee Final Report in 2006 as commissioned by Governor Gregoire to study Washington's education system. These peers are land-grant, research universities in global challenge states which are the top eight performers in the new economy -- California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington.