Project partners include 15 community colleges, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, American Institutes for Research, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute.

Maximizing Resources for Student Success was created to help community colleges align their costs with their priorities.

Developed by the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute at Johnson County Community College in cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Delta Cost Project at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), Maximizing Resources captures and analyzes data that matter most to student outcomes.

National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute

The Benchmarking Institute is the first and largest provider of community college benchmarking and peer comparison services in the nation. The Institute started collecting community college data in 2004.  Annually over 275 community colleges participate in their benchmarking projects. Cost and Productivity (formerly called The Kansas Study) was the Institute's first project, funded by Department of Educations’ Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  The National Community College Benchmarking Project is the largest of the Institute's four projects and Maximizing Resources is the newest, with the pilot completed in 2014.  The Institute annually hosts the National Benchmarking Conference where best practices and benchmarking techniques are shared.

National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy goal is “to ensure that all low-income young adults have affordable access to a quality postsecondary education that is tailored to their individual needs and educational goals and leads to timely completion of a degree or certificate with labor-market value.” The Postsecondary Success Strategy funds highly innovative colleges and universities to develop new approaches to increase completion rates while maintaining a quality education.

The entire Postsecondary Success Strategy seeks to help all students have the possibility to complete a high-quality education. Their vision is “of a postsecondary system that is an engine of social mobility and economic growth and fuels the nation’s competitiveness in the global economy.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

American Institutes for Research - Delta Cost Project

American Institutes for Research conducts and applies behavioral and social science research to provide high-quality analyses in the areas of education, student assessment, international education, individual and organizational performance, health research and communication, human development, usability design and testing, and employment equity. Founded in 1946 and based in Washington, District of Columbia, AIR performs objective research, evaluation, technical assistance, program development, as well as social marketing and communication services. AIR employs statistical and research methods and longitudinal education data to assist policymakers.

Consistent with the American Institutes for Research’s larger mission to make research relevant, the Delta Cost Project at AIR provides policy makers, high education administrators and the general public with analyses and resources to deepen understanding of how colleges spend money. It focuses on the spending part of college affordability – how spending relates to access and success, and ways that costs can be controlled without compromising quality. Delta Cost reports analyze the latest data in college revenues, spending, subsidies and outcomes; compare academic spending to athletic spending; and debunk myths centered on the causes of rising tuition.

Delta Cost Project

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve strategic decision making in higher education for states and institutions in the United States and abroad. The NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (The Information Center) provides state policymakers and analysts timely and accurate data and information that are useful in making sound higher education policy decisions.

NCHEMS