Benchmarking data helps you tell, shape, and guide the story around your community college’s performance. Given today's environment, that's strategically and fiscally important, especially when budgets and support depend on measuring (and even defining) your entire institution's performance--beyond enrollment, retention and graduation rates.  

  • The NCCBP allows you to manage your data collection by allowing you to select which data your college provides.  Required data elements are minimal.
  • Choose the projects and modules that support your focus and needs.
  • Choose from more than 500+ benchmarks to chart your college's performance.
  • Track your benchmarks internally, externally, over your system, over time, beside peer institutions and against best performers.

Membership in the National Community College Benchmark Project provides institutions with access to the most comprehensive set of indicators available for measuring and comparing performance, charting accountability and supporting continuous improvement.  With 6 separate modules and 500+ benchmarks, the NCCBP is committed to providing members exceptional cost-to-value services.


Projects & Modules

Reporting Tools

Who Benefits?

  • Traditional Credit Project/Comprehensive Indicators 
  • Cost & Productivity Project
  • Enrollment Tracking Module
  • Workforce Training and Continuing Ed
  • Administrative Services Benchmarking
  • Student Services/Affairs Benchmarking
  • National Reports
  • Custom Reporting Modules
  • Accreditation Report
  • Enrollment Tracking Reports
  • Executive Reports
  • Peer Comparisons
  • Best Performers Report
  • Strength/Opportunities


  • Executive Cabinets
  • Institutional Effectiveness/Research Offices
  • Accreditation Liaison Officers
  • System Offices
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • Chief Finance Officers/Budget Offices
  • Chief Student Affairs Officers and Directors
  • Human Resources


Relevant peer comparisons raise the bar.

Data means nothing without context. NCCBP lets you measure your community college’s performance against peer institutions to help you identify opportunities and map strategic goals.

Select your peer group by college, state, enrollment, college type and other demographic characteristics. See what we mean in this sample peer comparison or schedule a demo.


Create compelling reports for executives, strategists, and funders.

Customize reports for your internal or external audiences to demonstrate your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. High level summaries can quickly update executives and trustees while detailed reports can drive new strategies to improve student outcomes.


Ease the data collection burden.

NCCBP was created by researchers, for researchers. That means that data collection spans hours, not weeks, and uses as its foundation the data you are already collecting.


Share (or steal) best practices.

Each year at our annual conference, community colleges share how they use NCCBP benchmark data to inform accreditation, identify opportunities, educate those who evaluate their performance, and attract performance-based funding.

Review the benchmarking presentations to see how community colleges are using their data to improve student outcomes and guide institutional development.


Shape the dialogue around performance.

With 17-years’ of credit data and 8 years' of non-credit data, from more than half of the community colleges in the United States and an arsenal of best practices, NCCBP and its members are shaping the dialogue around community college performance.


Join us


It isn't enough to show that your college is improving service to students. We must show that we are improving as fast as or faster than our peers across the nation. Participation in the NCCBP has been the foundation for our 10-year strategic plan. The NCCBP provides Des Moines Area Community College with accurate, comparative data on many key indicators of student success including retention and persistence rates, graduation rate, developmental education outcomes, staffing levels, and many others that we use to create our institutional scorecard. Many other initiatives have come and gone, but we always return to the NCCBP for what we need.

Rob Denson
Des Moines Area Community College

The National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute, established in 2004, is a non-profit service and research institute, proudly sponsored and supported by Johnson County Community College. Since inception, more than 1,600 colleges and universities have participated in its projects and data collections.