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 has launched two additional benchmarking projects. These include the Workforce Training Benchmark Project which provides community colleges with national metrics to express workforce division productivity and Maximizing Resources for Student Success that focus on tying instructional activities and student services with the costs of delivering these activities.