The foundations of the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute at Johnson County Community College were laid over 11 years ago.  Initial funding was received from the Department of Educations’ Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  This funding established "The Kansas Study", which we now call the Cost and Productivity Project.   At the same time the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) was conceived to take a “balanced scorecard” approach to community college benchmarking.

Since 2004, over 450 community colleges have participated in the data-collection and reporting process for the projects. These projects make the Benchmarking Institute the first and largest provider of community college benchmarking and peer comparison services in the nation.

In addition to the two national data consortia mentioned above, the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute at Johnson County Community College is currently working on two additional benchmarking projects: Workforce Training Benchmarking and this project.

Other Benchmarking Institute Projects

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National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP)

The National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) provides community colleges with national  benchmarks that can be utilized
in strategic planning, accreditation
and state/system reporting.

The NCCBP has over 150 benchmarks ranging from student learning outcomes
to community and workforce involvement
to HR data.

Learn about the NCCBP.

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Cost & Productivity Project

The Cost & Productivity Project, formerly known as "The Kansas Study", provides discipline-level data and benchmarks on instructional costs and workload.

Benchmarks are used for staffing plans, decisions about faculty positions, academic program planning and assessment, and documentation of compliance for accreditation purposes.

Learn about the Cost & Productivity Project.

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Workforce Training Benchmark Project

The Workforce Training Benchmark Project provides community colleges with national benchmarks to express workforce division efficiency to internal and external stakeholders.

This project benchmarks a wide range of comparative indicators including student and corporate client enrollment, retention, financial data, staffing and transitioning from non-credit to credit..

Learn more about the Workforce Training Benchmark Project.