The University of West Florida has identified a number of universities that have certain individual characteristics and records of performance on select metrics, which, when taken in the aggregate, help create composite pictures of desirable peer and aspirational peer institutions. Given the significant variety among colleges and universities, no single institution serves as a comprehensive peer or aspirational peer. However, some institutions have certain programs that serve as exemplars and to which similar programs at UWF might aspire. Collectively, identified peer and aspirational peer universities can provide appropriate and challenging benchmarks for UWF on a series of performance metrics.
The UWF Board of Trustees and University leaders have reviewed select trend data at UWF and at the identified peer and aspirant universities, identified benchmarks, and established targets for future performance on Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs. Select KPIs were incorporated into an appendix in the 2012-2017 update to the UWF Strategic Plan. UWF continues to monitor its performance on the KPIs against the performance of peer and aspirant universities.
UWF last updated its lists of peers and aspirants in the fall of 2011. UWF shall review these lists on a periodic basis and make changes, as appropriate.