FY22 IT Benchmarking and Strategic Planning

FY22 IT Benchmarking & Strategic Planning

The CIO Division conducts an annual benchmarking analysis to assess our strategy and operations relative to higher education peers and IT units across the University of Arizona. The analysis compares strategic priorities, services, organizational design, personnel, operating and capital expenditures, suppliers, and operational maturity to inform data driven decision-making with University leadership, IT leadership and IT staff. This information is published in the University’s IT Annual Report to foster transparency and support strategic planning activities.

External Benchmarking

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation’s top public universities in the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) national university rankings. The University is also ranked in the top 20 in research expenditures among all public institutions and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). In FY22, UArizona’s IT expenditure was 5.5%, which was the smallest expenditure compared to higher education peers in all other benchmark categories.

Information Technology at UArizona

The University of Arizona’s IT community is comprised of 811.9 professionals across central and distributed job functions that support college, institutional, auxiliary and enterprise-wide services. The annual expenditure in FY22 for IT across the University was $140.9M.

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University Information Technology Services

The CIO Division operates and manages central IT services for University of Arizona faculty, staff and students. Within the division, there are 349.6 total IT FTEs represented in 19 UCAP IT job families. The annual expenditure in FY22 for the CIO Division was $81.0M.

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ABOR Peers
Public AAU
USNWR Public 2023
Top 50
Faculty FTE1
ABOR Peers3,342
Public AAU3,011
USNWR Public 2023 Top 502,889
Student FTE2
ABOR Peers42,115
Public AAU34,784
USNWR Public 2023 Top 5035,147
Research Exp.3
(in the thousands)
ABOR Peers$856.9M
Public AAU$743.0M
USNWR Public 2023 Top 50$663.7M
Total Exp.4
(net of hospital)
ABOR Peers$2,908.3M
Public AAU$2,165.5M
USNWR Public 2023 Top 50$2,194.6M
IT Staff FTE 2 (Central + Dist)
ABOR Peers1,034
Public AAU890
USNWR Public 2023 Top 50829
IT Exp. 5 (Central + Dist)
ABOR Peers$184.9M
Public AAU$165.3M
USNWR Public 2023 Top 50$154.5M
IT Staff (per 1k Students)
ABOR Peers24.4
Public AAU25.5
USNWR Public 2023 Top 5022.6
IT Exp. as % Total
ABOR Peers6.2%
Public AAU6.7%
USNWR Public 2023 Top 506.9%


1 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) - Human Resources Component FY2021
2 IPEDS - Enrollment Component FY2021 (Fall2020)
3 NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey 2020
4 IPEDS Finance Component FY2020
5 Educause Core Data Service Survey FY2021