Ratings, Rankings, and Publications
Faculty Descriptors and Productivity Comparison Summary
These report student and faculty efficiency.
Common Data Set (CDS)
The Common Data Set Initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers. The stated goal is to provide accurate and timely data to students and their families while decreasing the burden on data providers. In producing their publications and rankings, publishers ask the same core questions of institutions using the Common Data Set to define those questions and their responses. These data are also used in public accountability efforts.
Missouri State University Benchmark Institutions
Missouri State has chosen the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) as the benchmark cohort for comparing MSU's performance in a variety of categories over the next few years. According to CUMU's mission, it "is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve." CUMU membership can vary, but as of April 2019, CUMU had over 100 member institutions.
Missouri State University's standard Common Data Set and its comprehensive statistics on enrollment, admissions, financial aid, student life, faculty, and annual expenses for the each academic year are used as the primary source for external surveys.