Washington State University strives for excellence as a land-grant, research university with the highest research activity, as recognized in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education for 2018 (released Dec. 19, 2018). Our institutional peers provide points of reference, for goal-setting, and assessment purposes.
The Institutional Effectiveness Council steering committee examined a broad list of public, land-grant institutions with categorizations related to AAU, Medical or Veterinary Medicine, Carnegie classifications, and a host of metrics that could be sorted for review.
The steering committee originally developed a final set for peer benchmark comparison on the Strategic Plan 2014-19 to represent Public Land Grant institutions that were Carnegie Very High Research Institutions (under the 2018 Basic Classification), have a veterinary school, may or may not have a medical school, may or may not be AAU members, are within 50% above or below WSU’s enrollment size, and are within 100% above or below WSU’s research and development expenditures. This list remains in place for the new Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025.
This list includes the following schools (all are “Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity”):
• Colorado State University-Fort Collins
• Louisiana State University and A&M
• Mississippi State University
• North Carolina State University Raleigh
• University of Maryland-College Park
• University of Missouri-Columbia
• University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• University of Tennessee-Knoxville