Comparative Peers

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.

Gap Analysis – Peer List

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

Gap Analysis – Metrics

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.