The plan develops a framework for assessing progress that emphasizes the importance of (a) multiple measures for a given objective or priority, (b) combining quantitative metrics and qualitative indicators, and (c) minimizing the staff time devoted to such measurements. This plan specifies a core set of metrics for assessing institutional progress toward key priorities. For example, these include the number of top-ranked programs and departments; amount and nature of faculty hiring; faculty and staff compensation; the age distribution of faculty; diversity of the faculty, students, and staff; student learning outcomes; student surveys; library rankings; and sponsored research. Such metrics need to be supplemented with qualitative assessments by colleges and regular external reviews of academic programs. The mechanisms of assessment should be developed and finalized at the implementation stage of this strategic plan and in consultation with academic units.