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The National Community College Benchmarking Project (NCCBP)

Spring 2013 was the first time Parkland College participated in this annual nation-wide data collection system. We are now reporting on our second year of participation in the National Community College Benchmarking Project. Due to data collection requirements by the NCCBP for benchmarking performance with other colleges, many of these metrics are tied to data that is at least two fiscal years behind the current fiscal year (for example, much of the current submission data is from the fall term of 2012).

The majority of these metrics compare Parkland College's most recent NCCBP benchmarking data (submitted in FY2015) to Parkland's FY2013 NCCBP submitted data to track changes across the two submission periods. This process will be continued over time to monitor trends in these important indicators of the college's performance. Our goal is to understand where Parkland stands relative to many of the college's peers, to improve over time, and sustain areas of excellence.

For both NCCBP submissions (FY2013 and FY2014),  most of Parkland College's NCCBP indicators were also benchmarked against one of two college peer groups based on Parkland's percentile ranking relative to the appropriate peer group. One peer group consists of the 22 Illinois community colleges that also participate in the NCCBP project. Most metrics are compared to a peer group consisting of colleges nationwide that are similar to Parkland according to IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). IPEDS grouped colleges into a peer group for Parkland based on their being large, public, 2-year colleges in the midwest with similar enrollment numbers. Some metrics did not have corresponding benchmark values for the Illinois Community College and IPEDS peer groups. For these metrics, the complete NCCBP national sample was defaulted to for benchmarking purposes.

(Mouse over the titles below for a list of participating colleges).

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Peer Group . . .
(IPEDS Group Continued)

Illinois Communty Colleges Peer Group

Benchmark Targets

Each performance indicator is assigned a color code based on changes from Parkland's first NCCBP submission to the second submission. The degree of  change from the most recent submission compared to the first submission is assessed by dividing the recently submitted value by the previously submitted baseline value and multiplying the proportion by 100 to get a percentage. A percentage of 100% shows that submitted values were the same across both years. A percentage greater than 100% shows that the recent submitted value was larger than the first submitted value and a percentage less than 100% indicates that the recent value is smaller than the first value. In general, relative percentages at or above 100% are coded green, relative percentages between 90 up to 100% are coded yellow, and relative percentages less than 90% are coded red.

For Parkland's comparisons to other schools within a peer group, Parkland College's TARGET value is generally the 75th percentile value or higher relative to the other schools in the relevant peer group (or 25th percentile ranking or lower for those benchmarks where lower values indicate greater success). Parkland KPI values that generally fall between the median and 75th percentile relative to a relevant peer group are considered on progress to target. Those values that  fall below the median in relation to the peer group (or above the median, where values on the 50th percentile indicate greater success) are marked as requiring further attention.

Other target values were set as ranges where falling within the range constituted success while falling either below or above the range indicates that further attention is required. Some benchmarks (such as headcount) have internally-based target values and other benchmarks (such as state funding) are based on desired target values.  The following color ranges indicate Parkland's position relative to its' peers or internal benchmarks:

Color Ranges

GREEN = Data
indicates that Parkland met or exceeded target

indicates that Parkland is below target but on progress to target

RED = Data
indicates issues that require further attention

Navigation: Clicking on a green link will open the corresponding dashboard in a new tab.

For additional notes and context regarding the charts included in the KPC dashboards listed below, you may click on any chart to drill down to the KPC scorecard for more information on the KPI metric.

When finished reviewing the drill down information, close the scorecard and return to the dashboard by clicking the white 'X' in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

If you have additional questions, please email the Office of Institutional Accountability and Research @ Dashboards.



KPC Scorecard

Select one of the seven Key Performance Categories from the pivot at the top of the scorecard table to see the key performance indicators included under that category, Parkland's 2013 and 2014 NCCBP submitted values, the 2014 to 2013 percent of baseline showing change relative from one submission to the next, and Parkland's 2014 benchmark target and an indication of whether Parkland met the benchmark. Click on each indicator to drill down for a more detailed description of the metric. To return to the scorecard, navigate to and click on the small return symbol in the lower left corner above the Parkland College dashboards logo.

KPC Scorecard



The following dashboards visually display a variety of metrics clustered under seven broad Key Performance Indicator Categories (KPCs) that show the progress of Parkland College in its mission to "engage the community in learning". The metrics under these indicator categories compare the performance of Parkland relative to the past performance and also to relevant benchmarks. Parkland College is dedicated to sustaining and improving the collegiate experience and academic goal accomplishment of students from all backgrounds and needs. To these ends, the benchmarking metrics presented here help recognize strengths and especially areas for improvement. This data will also provides feedback over time on the progress of Parkland College in meeting the goals of our strategic mission.

KPC 1: Student Counts

KPC 2: Graduate Completion, Student Persistence, Course Success, and Transfer

KPC 3: Student Satisfaction and Engagement

KPC 4: Faculty and Staff Ratios

KPC 5: Distance Learning

KPC 6: Cost and Budget


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