Snowball Metrics: global standards for institutional benchmarking

Lisa Colledge

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Higher education institutions want data-based intelligence to input into their strategies. The current situation enables this need to be addressed neither quickly nor easily. A group of distinguished UK universities have formed a partnership – the Snowball Metrics initiative – to address this, by endorsing a manageable set of metrics, and by agreeing and testing standard methodologies to generate them. These methodologies, or “recipes”, have been shared free-of-charge with the sector. The vision is that a consistent approach will provide context amongst peers, enabling the identification and further improvement of institutional strengths.