Institutional Research

Institutional Research & Organizational Learning

The mission of Institutional Research and  Organizational Learning is to provide research, evaluation and reporting to inform institutional decision-making. The department provides data visualization through advanced analytics platforms, data training, analytics support and reporting to external and internal stakeholders.

Our vision is to provide more widespread knowledge, access to data and research, and expertise to support CBC’s mission of student success. 

Core Functions:

  • Engage in theory-based, evidence-driven research to meet anticipated planning, reporting and administrative needs.
  • Provide high quality data to various entities across campus, institutional grants, program review, survey research and other areas requiring analytical relief.
  • Support and uphold an environment of diversity, fairness, equity & inclusion and sustainability at CBC.


CBC Students

Institutional Demographics

We report enrollment in a number of different ways. This enrollment dashboard looks at the number of unique students who enroll at CBC each term/year. This includes all students served, such as basic education, dual-enrollment, associates and applied bachelor. Other public data sources have specific cohorts, which may not be representative of the total student body shown below.


Institutional Outcomes

The outcomes below are based on first-year entering students who are primarily seeking an associates degree.

Institutional Benchmarking

Columbia Basin College is committed to continuous improvement of the learning experience and services related to student success. The College benchmarks our students' achievements against four national peers and two regional peers (IPEDS) and all Washington State CTCs (SBCTC benchmark data). Data sources include the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data is available at the college level, and disaggregated by available demographics which coincide with those we routinely use to monitor progress – especially for student groups who have been historically underserved: race, age (State Data), gender, and full/part-time status (State Data), and by need-based aid (Federal IPEDS). IPEDS Data are first-time, full-time college entrants, while State Data are all new college entrants and has more comprehensive indicators available.

In keeping with the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities' recommended best practices, peer colleges are not explicitly identified and data is presented in aggregate. Disaggregated student categories are also suppressed where there are few students in order to protect student privacy and retain comparison integrity for long-term planning – acknowledging both the insight in these data and the limitation of these data to represent the lived experience of students.


  • Phone:509-547-0511

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301

Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus