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This essay by Kathy Hughes is the first in a series of short essays by former CCRC staff members who share thoughts about their time working at the Center. These essays will be posted on our website throughout CCRC’s 20th anniversary year.

A new CCRC report that takes a national and state-by-state look at the success of community college students in transferring to four-year institutions has received press coverage in more than 20 states and contributed to new conversations around improving the transfer process.

2016 marks 20 years since the Community College Research Center was founded at Teachers College, Columbia University. As we celebrate this milestone, we reflect on what we have accomplished and what we hope to achieve in the coming years.

CCRC Director Thomas Bailey and Senior Research Associate Judith Scott-Clayton attended a White House meeting January 20 to discuss President Obama’s free community college proposal with other researchers and senior policy officials.

New research from the Community College Research Center (CCRC), in collaboration with the Aspen Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, breaks down transfer outcomes by state and reveals wide gaps in the rates at which students transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree.

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