Using Benchmarks Throughout Your Institution

October 26-28, 2021

Registration is required – no cost to attend.

Tuesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. CST

Keynote Speaker:

Benchmarking The Future of Higher Education

Anthony Carnevale

Director and Professor

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

We can all bear witness to the sad fact that Covid-19 is a negative shock to higher education that will result in long term economic scarring of both individual and institutional futures.

But what happens after COVID? My sense is that COVID is just the beginning… as COVID declines it will be opening the way to demographic changes, economic changes, and policy changes coming to higher education that were already gaining momentum long before COVID.

I think two of those change trajectories are relatively predictable: namely demographic change and economic recovery.

Then there are five wild cards in the game: first technology change, which is relatively certain, and four other key, but more uncertain, policy change trajectories that bear watching.

  1.  The first of those wild cards is legislated transparency and accountability at the institutional, and more importantly, at the program level, in postsecondary education and training;
  2. We are probably going to see a lot more training programs eligible for some version of Pell grants for training and new support for apprenticeships and short-term training. I suspect these programs will be regulated by completion rates as well as an employment and earnings standard;
  3.  The fourth wild card will be an infrastructure bill
  4. and a fifth; the fate of free community college, transfer policies, and the community college BA.

Tuesday, October 26 at 2 p.m. CST

Project Webinar:

NCCBP: Traditional Indicators and Workforce Training Reporting

Michelle Taylor

Senior Research Analyst

National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute

A preview of the NCCBP Traditional Indicators and Workforce Training reporting for 2021. This will include the national report, peer reports, accreditation reports and custom reporting.

Wednesday, October 27 at 10 a.m. CST

Breakout Session:

Incorporating Benchmark Data Into Your Institution’s Reporting

Daniel Chupe-O’Hanlon

Institutional Effectiveness Analyst

Austin Community College

While benchmarking your institution’s performance against national results and peer groups can be of tremendous benefit to your institution, it’s hard to manage internal and other required reporting, let alone an external project. Learn how Austin Community College participates in various external benchmarking projects and how they incorporate the data – including NCCBP data – into their dashboard along with examples of how it is used. Attendees will learn about using a variety of benchmark and internal data to create an institutional dashboard. Examples of Austin Community College’s dashboard will be presented and discussed.

Wednesday, October 27 at 2 p.m. CST

Breakout Session:

Rethinking the Strategic Plan: Focusing on the Metrics

Sara Leigh

Executive Director of Planning

Community College of Beaver County

How many of the goals in your strategic plan are difficult-to-impossible to measure? Frequently, so much focus is put on writing comprehensive goals that reflect the mission and vision of the institution that the methods of assessment for those goals are almost an afterthought. In this ever-growing culture of data-driven decision making and evidence based accreditation processes, the Community College of Beaver County is flipping the paradigm on its head. By focusing on 5 key metrics, CCBC has developed a one-page strategic plan that will allow for consistent performance assessment at all levels of the institution, as well as an evaluation and budgetary process tied directly to our 5 key performance indicators.  Learning Outcomes:
1. Establishing key performance metrics for your institution
2. Linking the strategic plan to performance assessment at every level – from the institution to the individual
3. A model for holding the administration directly accountable for student success

Thursday, October 28 at 10 a.m. CST

Breakout Session:

Enrollment Tracking – Communicating to Campus Stakeholders

Natalie Alleman Beyers & Mark Gordon

Director Institutional Planning & Research; Sr. Research & Data Analyst

Johnson County Community College

Reflecting on AIR’s Duties & Functions of Institutional Research, opportunities were identified to be better educators and strengthen partnerships through our campus enrollment tracking reports. We will discuss the history of our enrollment tracking reports, data elements being tracked, distribution and frequency of reports, what we are missing, and how they are used to better facilitate discussions across campus about enrollment. With shifting demographics and declining enrollments it is more important now than in previous years that IR offices provide digestible enrollment data to campus stakeholders making them aware of how enrollment is trending for any given semester and any point in time. Attendees will leave the presentation with an example of how one institution tracks and compares semester enrollments along with how the information is shared with campus stakeholders and regional community college colleagues.

Thursday, October 28 at 2 p.m. CST

Project Webinar:

A Preview of the Enrollment Tracking Module

Michelle Taylor

Senior Research Analyst

National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute

This session will take a look at the Enrollment Tracking module of the NCCBP. We will preview data entry and reporting.

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Contact Michelle Taylor at or 913-469-3831.