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Housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, CCRC is the leading independent authority on the nation’s nearly 1,200 two-year colleges.


CCRC strategically assesses the problems and performance of community colleges in order to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes success for all students.


In 1996, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation invited Thomas Bailey, director of the Institute on Education and the Economy at Teachers College, Columbia University, to submit a proposal to form a community college research center. At the time, very little was known about two-year public colleges despite the fact that they enrolled nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates.

In the years since, CCRC’s research on community colleges has served to generate and inform a renewed interest in these essential higher education institutions, and continues to make vital contributions to higher education research, policy, and practice.

CCRC-Led Research Partnerships

CCRC leads two research centers funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.


The Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness conducts research to document current practices in developmental English and math education, and to rigorously assess the effects of innovative assessment and instructional practices on student success. CAPR is comprised of researchers from CCRC; MDRC; Queens College, City University of New York; Stanford University; University of California at Davis; and Vanderbilt University.


The Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment investigates the labor market outcomes of postsecondary pathways and is comprised of researchers from CCRC, University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, and University of North Carolina.



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