Data Confidentiality and Use
Data submitted to National Community College Cost and Productivity Project (Cost and Productivity Project) by subscribers will be confidential. National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI) staff will make reasonable efforts to ensure that no subscriber's identifying information - including, but not limited to, IPEDS ID, institution name, institution address, and contact information - will be associated with benchmark data except to subscribing institutions themselves. Peer-comparison reports generated by the Cost and Productivity Project website will identify requesting subscribers by institution name and will present accompanying benchmark data for peer institutions anonymously.
Cost and Productivity Project staff will, from time to time, provide data to non-subscribing institutions. When data are provided to non-subscribers, only aggregate benchmark data will be provided; no institutional data or identifying information will be included. All requests for Cost and Productivity Project data from non-subscribers should be forwarded to Cost and Productivity Project staff
and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Data will be accurate
Cost and Productivity Project will make reasonable efforts to ensure that data it includes in its database and reports are accurate. It is expected that subscribing institutions, on their part, will make reasonable efforts to ensure that their data are accurate, and they will avail themselves actively of opportunities to review their data and make corrections before data reporting deadlines.
Data are for subscribers’ use
Data, institutional and aggregate, and reports provided by Cost and Productivity Project are for use by subscribing institutions. Subscribing institutions agree that they will not allow access to institutional or aggregate data by unauthorized individuals to review, generate benchmark information, learn identities of subscribing institutions, or make peer comparisons. Cost and Productivity Project aggregate reports can be used by institutions to support institutional purposes, but full aggregate reports should not be posted to websites accessible to the general public or made otherwise available to non-subscribing institutions or individuals.
Information and data can be published
This confidentiality and use policy is not intended to preclude publication of subscribing institutions’ identifying information to verify participation in the Cost and Productivity Project and to facilitate peer comparison. Neither is this policy statement intended to preclude publication or presentation of aggregate benchmark data for research and analytical purposes. Publication or presentation of aggregate data, whether for internal or external purposes, should be accompanied by explicit acknowledgement that the source of the data is Cost and Productivity Project sponsored by Johnson County Community College. NHEBI staff assume no responsibility for inferences and conclusions drawn from Cost and Productivity Project data by others.