The National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute
The National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI) at Johnson County Community College has worked with more than 450 community colleges on four national consortia, the Cost & Productivity Project - formerly "The Kansas Study", the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP), the Non-credit Education and Workforce Training Benchmark Project and Maximizing Resources for Student Success.
The Benchmarking Institute was created over 10 years ago when funding was received from the Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to establish "The Kansas Study". At the same time the NCCBP was conceived with the generous support of Johnson County Community College. The Non-credit Education and Workforce Training Benchmarking Project and Maximizing Resources for Student Success were developed in recent years.
The long-term success of the projects has made the Benchmarking Institute the provider of community college benchmarking and peer comparison services in the country.
Other Benchmarking Institute Projects
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.
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.
Maximizing Resources for Student Success
Maximizing Resources is the first national fiscal benchmarking project which will allow community colleges to examine community college costs and student outcomes in concert. This will allow colleges to align spending on their instructional and student services costs with their priorities while considering their impact on student success.
The Benchmarking Institute is creating this costing framework with its partners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).