TTU established three peer groups to provide the ability to assess comparative performance on different levels. Gap analyses were prepared for the “National” and “Tennessee” peers.
A third set of “Aspirational” peers was also identified. In the context of Flight Plan, aspirational in this sense are those institutions that TTU can aspire to be like based on a defined set of criteria, including metrics, undergraduate programs and graduate programs and research.
Please see navigation links to the left to view comparison charts for each set of peers.
During the gap analysis, initial selection criteria when choosing peers included:
- Enrollment size
- STEM focus
- Carnegie classification
- Undergraduate to graduate student ratio
- Academic/degree profile
- Level of urbanization
- Geographic region
- Comprehensive university
- Public institution
The selection metrics used to identify candidate peers included:
- Comparable undergraduate enrollment (5,000 – 15,000)
- Comparable graduate enrollment (500 – 5,000)
- % of bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields/top engineering schools
- Carnegie classification (master’s large, research high, research very high)
- Comparable degree of urbanization
- Southern geography
In addition to selecting Flight Plan peers, the other eight public universities in Tennessee were vetted for consideration, and four of the eight were included in a separate gap analysis.