Key data that helped inform the Strategic Plan

MCC engaged in the strategic planning process to guide efforts in achieving the mission and vision.  Work groups used reports and key data to articulate the current strategic plan. The varied reports and data can be downloaded below. 

Dennis Jones

March 2015 Dennis Jones is President Emeritus of National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, a nonprofit research and development center founded to improve strategic decision making in institutions and agencies of higher education. He researched and presented findings to groups on all MCC campuses. To review the reports, click on the links below. Powerpoint from March 2, 2015:

TWG Report

Sept. 2014 – January of 2015

TWGPlus is a higher education marketing consultant that worked to examine the perspectives of Metropolitan Community College among internal audiences. From the surveys and data collected, they created a brand promise statement and guided brand management.  To review the reports, click on the links below.

IPEDS Peer Comparison


The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of survey components that collects data from about 7,500 institutions that provide postsecondary education across the United States. IPEDS collects institution-level data on student enrollment, graduation rates, student charges, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances. The data is used at the federal and state level for policy analysis and development and at the institutional level for benchmarking and peer analysis.  To review the report, click on the link below.

Economic Data

June 2014

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. or ESMI is CareerBuilder company that analyses labor market data and highlights connections between economies, people, and work. The company shared economic principles and data with educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers to guide planning for workforce and economic improvements.  EMSI published a report in June of 2014 that details Metropolitan Community College- Kansas City’s Economic Impact and the highest ranked industries and occupations in the Greater Kansas City Region.  To review the reports, click on the links below.

Noel Levitz 2014 Report

Noel-Levitz is a company that provides technology-enabled services, software and consulting for higher education enrollment management. The Student Satisfaction Inventory survey gives educational institutions information to improve the quality of student life and learning. It measures student satisfaction and priorities, showing educational institutions how satisfied students are as well as what issues are important to them. The data can be used to guide strategic action planning, strengthen student retention initiatives, meet accreditation requirements, identify areas of strength for institutional marketing and chart progress toward campus goals.  To review the report, click on the link below.

Strategic Plan Employee Input

Fall 2015

New strategic planning began with facilitated review of relevant data on each campus and an all-employee analysis exercise that looked at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The review was called SWOT analysis, which is an acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and is a structured planning method that evaluates those four elements of a project or business venture.  

These reports include MCC employee input from the 27 small groups during the College’s in-service strategic plan sessions that occurred in November of 2015. To review the reports, click on the links below.

Fall 2014 Score Card & Factbook

Fall 2014

MCC’s office of Institutional Research and Assessment presents the college Scorecard and Fact Book each year. The reports includes a collection of trend analyses and data gathered from various sources throughout the College. The data is designed to inform and support the planning activities, outcomes and assessment cycle, grant requirements, mandated reporting requirements, accreditation needs and other areas that directly support the College’s mission. It serves as a quick and a convenient source of information about MCC. To review the report, click on the link below.



CLARUS Corporation, has more than 25 years of assisting community colleges across the country with enrollment, marketing plans, and branding. CLARUS Corporation was created to provide marketing research and marketing planning services to community colleges.  The firm focuses exclusively on the community college market. In 2014 the firm conducted research, collected data and provided issues to address. To review the reports, click on the links below.  You can access the complete CLARUS report on the district share drive in the CLARUS folder (R:CLARUS).

NCCBP Report 2014


The National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) provides tools for community colleges to conduct peer comparisons on leading measures of effectiveness and performance goals.  NCCBP is one of four projects that were developed by the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute at Johnson County Community College. Since 2004, more than 400 two-year institutions have participated in the data-collection and reporting process for the Benchmarking Institute’s projects.  To review the report, click on the link below.

AAUP Survey


The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance. The organization was founded in 1915 and the AAUP has worked with higher education institutions to develop the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education. The survey includes information on salary, benefits, climate and institutional progress. To review the reports, click on the links below.


The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) is a service of the Center for Community College Student Engagement that helps community colleges discover why some entering students persist and succeed and others do not. The survey is administered during the fourth and fifth weeks of the fall academic term. The SENSE survey asks students to reflect on their earliest experiences (academic- and services-related) with the college. To review the report, click on the link below.

Stop Out and Transfer Report

Spring 2014

In November 2013, MCC’s office of Institutional Research and Assessment prepared a list of students who had been enrolled at Metropolitan Community College during Spring 2013 but did not return by census date in Fall 2013. This list was sent to the National Student Clearinghouse to determine if the students enrolled at other institutions. The report includes the number of students who stopped attending college (that group is referred to as stop-out students) and students who transferred and/or graduated. The report also looks at some other regional colleges and universities. The data collected was intended help ensure student success and that students are earning degrees and/or certificates.To review the report, click on the link below.