Services

Benchmarking

Benchmarking

IDEA Benchmarking for Learning allows campuses to compare their student ratings results to a group of 6 to 10 peers, selected by the institution, who also use the IDEA Student Ratings System. In addition, comparative data is provided for all campuses and for campuses in the same general Carnegie classification using IDEA. Benchmarking is different from the IDEA Group Summary Report because it summarizes the learning of individual students rather than summarizing class results.

Three types of Benchmarking for Learning reports are available:

Trend Report

Available to campuses that used the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system for at least three of the last five years and during that time had 400 or more classes rated. Features of the Trend Report include:

  • Institutional level results
  • Institution selects 6-10 peers to comprise peer comparison group
  • Includes data from past 5 years so trends can be analyzed
  • Comparison groups include your institution, peer averages, general Carnegie classification, and all institutions in the IDEA benchmarking database
  • More than one peer comparison group can be created, but each institution selected can only be in one peer group.
  • Fee: $300

Sample Trend Report

One-Year Report

Available to campuses that used the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction system in at least 100 classes the prior year (classes processed between July 1 and June 30). The One-Year Report allows campuses to receive some of the benefits of benchmarking while they accumulate enough data for the Trend Report. Features of the One-Year Report include:

  • Institutional level results
  • Institution selects 6-10 peers to comprise peer comparison group
  • Includes data from most recent prior year
  • Comparison groups include your institution, peer averages, general Carnegie classification, and all institutions in the IDEA benchmarking database
  • More than one peer comparison group can be created, but each institution selected can only be in one peer group.
  • Fee: $125

Sample One-Year Report

Discipline Report

Available for disciplines that had at least 20 institutions contributing at least 50 classes in the prior 5 years. The report is available to campuses that are eligible for either the Trend or One-Year Benchmarking report and have classes using any of the available discipline areas in the prior 5 years. However, it is suggested that to have a useful benchmarking report, a campus’ discipline group should have at least 50 classes. Features of the Discipline Report include:

  • Discipline specific results based on IDEA discipline codes
  • Includes classes from your campus using the same discipline code
  • Comparison groups include your own courses in the discipline, the IDEA discipline, and your entire institution.
  • Fee: $35

Sample Discipline Report

Time Frame: Comparisons are updated annually in September, compiling results from all classes from the five previous academic years (classes processed July 1 through June 30). A benchmarking report can be requested at any time during the year.

Eligibility: Eligible campuses will be notified annually about the option to participate. To learn if you are eligible for this year’s service and to receive the request form, please email info@theideacenter.org or call 800-255-2757.

Quotes from the 2009-2010 Pilot

"The Benchmarking for Learning report was tremendously helpful in understanding and utilizing longitudinal information from the IDEA System. Comparisons with the national database and self-selected peers helped us identify issues of excellence and challenge, and gave us feedback on our general education sequence that we couldn't have obtained any other way." Bruce Callen, Associate Dean of the College, Drury University

"The IDEA Benchmarking for Learning report is fascinating. It clearly points out things we never would have noticed and confirms other things reported through NSSE. The best tool provided in the report is a way, via very clear graphs, to show faculty how we compare to a useful peer group as well as to ourselves over time. The graphs make a great place to start a conversation about whether the differences matter to us or not. It will be very helpful over the next few years to track the data to see if results represent anomalies or trends." Sarah Logan, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Angelo State University

"In the benchmark report, we were pleased to see that our students rated their progress on objectives and their progress on learning slightly better than their counterparts at our peer institutions. Some data shapes are particularly interesting for identifying parallels, including the similarity between our peers and us when faculty identify teaching methods." Claudine Keenan, Chief Planning Officer, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey