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Selected Resources

September 2014

This article examines the accuracy of remedial placement tests, whether high school performance might be a more accurate screening device, and how different screening methods would affect the gender and racial composition of remedial classes.

July 2014

This self-assessment tool provides rubrics to help colleges identify issues that may need to be addressed to maximize the impacts of online planning and advising systems.

June 2014

This practitioner packet aims to help colleges identify areas where students struggle due to complexity in the academic decision-making process, and to devise low-cost solutions that can improve the student experience.

March 2014
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This webinar looks at what college resources are required to implement a statewide redesign of developmental mathematics, drawing on interviews with faculty, administrators, and staff in Virginia community colleges.

March 2014

This packet provides tools for practitioners implementing developmental reforms. It features a new synthesis of findings on accelerated developmental education, as well as research briefs on developmental education outcomes, and on implementing reforms to developmental education.

February 2014

This issue of Inside Out identifies and explores the implications of three faculty orientations toward reform that consistently manifest when an innovation is introduced: ready to act, ambivalent, and reluctant to change.

January 2014

This paper describes efforts by a growing number of colleges and universities to create “guided pathways” designed to increase the rate at which students enter and complete a program of study.

January 2014

This report describes and compares how California, New York, Tennessee, and West Virginia have developed initiatives related to early college readiness assessments and transition curricula. A two-page policy brief is also available.

December 2013

Based on survey and focus group data from four community colleges, this research brief discusses why many students who go on to enroll in developmental math are unlikely to prepare for the math placement exam.

September 2013

This practitioner packet summarizes research on nonacademic student supports and makes recommendations on how to design student supports to maximize their impact on student achievement.

July 2013

This issue of Inside Out describes how community college faculty are working to increase rigor within reformed developmental education classrooms.

April 2013

This practitioner packet summarizes CCRC findings on online course outcomes, and presents insights and recommendations for administrators and instructors seeking to improve online student performance.

April 2013

This publication presents eight core ideas to help colleges address the fundamental challenges to student success.

February 2012

This practitioner packet on dual enrollment presents CCRC's findings on dual enrollment outcomes, presents a case study, and lays out guiding questions to consider when implementing a dual enrollment program.

April 2011

This report describes how Washington State's 34 community and technical colleges are implementing the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model, which integrates instruction of basic and career-technical skills in a highly structured pathway. The report is geared toward college administrators and state higher education officials interested in implementing similar programs.

November 2013

This publication examines characteristics and course-taking patterns of students who accumulate a substantial number of college credits but do not earn an award by their fifth year of enrollment.

July 2013

This publication examines the diversity of enrollment patterns among community college students and demonstrates a novel graphical technique for displaying large numbers of enrollment patterns.

May 2013

This publication compares how long it takes students to reach important progression milestones based on their level of academic readiness upon entry.

April 2013

This publication, the second in CCRC’s Analytics series, examines the progression of community college students in transfer-oriented programs through the general education core curriculum.

April 2013

This publication examines the hidden complexity of completion outcome data and offers an approach to teasing out the complex factors that affect student completion in order to boost student success.

February 2013

The first in CCRC's analytics series, this publication examines characteristics of students who drop out of college after only one semester.

November 2012

This paper offers methods for identifying which and to what extent introductory courses beyond "gatekeeper" math and English pose obstacles to college completion.

April 2012

This study examines the phenomenon of excess credits in one community college system and presents methodologies that colleges and college systems can employ to determine the extent and distribution of excess credits for their students, with an eye to creating more efficient pathways to a degree.

October 2011

Student transcripts at any one college or college system are very diverse, and programs of study can be difficult to determine. In this paper, the authors apply a clustering algorithm to the problem of understanding college transcripts. Institutional researchers can apply this clustering method to understand the course-taking patterns of students in their college or college system in order to understand what programs of study students are pursuing.

July 2010

This brief describes a process by which state workforce agencies can link education and workforce data to monitor how well their education and workforce development investments are meeting labor market needs.

December 2009

Noncredit programs are an important part of community colleges' offerings, but there is no standard national measurement of their educational and economic benefits. This paper makes the case for the training hour as the basic unit of measurement for noncredit workforce education programs and proposes a taxonomy of community college noncredit activities.

April 2008

This guide is designed for community colleges and state agencies that are interested in analyzing the labor market outcomes of their programs and identifying opportunities for improving employment outcomes of their students.

January 2008

This guide is intended to help researchers in colleges and state agencies to use longitudinal student unit record data to create simple and meaningful statistics on student achievement.

July 2006

This brief describes the methodology that CCRC researchers used to estimate the socioeconomic status of individual students in the Washington State community and technical college system.

February 2014

This policy brief summarizes the research evidence on the impacts of performance funding and suggests ways that policymakers implementing performance funding programs can address obstacles and avoid unexpected outcomes.

January 2014

This paper argues that policymaking has been impaired by an underappreciation of the high economic returns to community college credentials, and a misperception that community college costs are driven by wasteful spending. Enhancing quality at colleges will increase spending but can increase efficiency as well.

January 2014

This two-page policy brief summarizes research on early assessment and college readiness "transition courses," and makes recommendations for states considering the approach.

May 2013

This short paper identifies states in which local and statewide efforts have been made to implement early college readiness assessments and transition curricula.

March 2013

Based on findings from a three-year study of Washington State’s Student Achievement Initiative, this policy brief offers lessons for state leaders seeking to design effective higher education performance funding systems.

March 2011

This literature review of postsecondary online learning suggests that online coursework may hinder progression for low-income and underprepared students, explores why students might struggle in these courses, and offers suggestions on how policy and practice could be changed so that online learning can better meet its potential.

October 2010

In this issue brief, prepared for the 2010 White House Summit on Community Colleges, the authors review evidence on the effectiveness of developmental education and provide information about student progression through remediation. The authors discuss problems associated with entry assessments, review costs, and describe three initiatives designed to improve developmental education services.

July 2010

This paper demonstrates that findings from a 2009 U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis concluding that student learning outcomes in online college courses are superior to those in face-to-face courses do not hold for fully online, semester-length college courses. Partly in response to this CCRC analysis, the U.S. Department of Education released a revised edition of their report in 2010.

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