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Examples of Benchmarking

Almost any activity can be benchmarked. Even the most complex activities can be broken down into component steps or parts for comparison with those in organisations demonstrating good practice. Even processes that are not directly comparable with those in other organisations can be benchmarked using Functional  Benchmarking.

You might compare your department’s student recruitment, progression and performance data externally or internally, as a point of departure for asking questions about curriculum delivery.  Two examples of sources of such information are:

If, as a result of this, you consider changing some aspect of learning, teaching and assessment, administrative, or management  processes, you could use benchmarking to identify ways of improving these aspects of your department’s work. Examples are given in this extensive and illuminating treatment of benchmarking in a Higher Education context