Oregon State University (OSU) is an international public research university with two campuses, 11 colleges, and more than 32,000 students. With eleven colleges to manage, OSU wanted to optimize its resources to ensure that students receive the support they need to thrive. To achieve that goal, OSU partnered with HelioCampus to leverage crucial benchmarking data, which allows them to track how their academic and administrative decisions compare to other institutions across North America— and even to their own individual colleges.
OSU utilizes benchmarking data in a variety of innovative ways, all of which help the institution make more informed decisions and ensure financial viability. Read the case study to explore three different use cases for OSU’s benchmarking data.
"With HelioCampus’s Standard Activity Model (SAM) for student services, we were able to break down the nebulous idea of student success into distinct parts. Now, we can use that data to glean nuggets of information that we can share across colleges to guide their investments and boost student success."
Learning from Other Institutions: HelioCampus’s higher education services extend way beyond benchmarking databases. Via their partnership, OSU also has the ability to consult with other colleges and universities—a critical capability when OSU was deciding whether to create a project management office.
HelioCampus’s benchmarking data has been an informative part of the institutional decision-making process for five years. “Benchmarking data is so versatile,” Dolan says. “It allows us to analyze areas in a way we have not been able to before—and that’s been critical for us as we make decisions to support our mission.”
Nicole Dolan, Director of Budget Development, Oregon State University