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Toward a practical set of STEM transfer program momentum metrics
The Implementation and Outcomes of Lesson Study in Community College Mathematics
To Build Back Enrollment, Community Colleges Must Ensure That Their Programs Are Worth Completing
Postsecondary Education Applied Research Fellowship, Virtual Information Session 10/26, 6-7 p.m.
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In this discussion, CCRC's current and former director, Thomas Brock and Thomas Bailey, considered the center's growth and the next phase of our work.

New from CCRC: How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons from Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways
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The program, which was rooted in guided pathways, focused on using data to overcome common challenges.

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Guided pathways reforms can create the conditions for students to see a broader range of opportunities for themselves.

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Colleges must move beyond structural fixes and address discrimination head-on.

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Onboarding must focus help students enter a program of study aligned with their interests, strengths, and aspirations.

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Since the pandemic began, CCRC has considered COVID-19's implications for community colleges. Here, you'll find a roundup of our coronavirus-related blog posts and media mentions.

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Latest Research Findings

Toward a Practical Set of STEM Transfer Program Momentum Metrics
October 2021
Toward a Practical Set of STEM Transfer Program Momentum Metrics

Drawing on administrative records from transfer-intending community college starters across three states, this paper develops a set of early STEM momentum metrics that are useful indicators of subsequent STEM transfer and bachelor’s degree attainment.

The Implementation and Outcomes of Lesson Study in Community College Mathematics
October 2021
The Implementation and Outcomes of Lesson Study in Community College Mathematics

This report describes a project undertaken by CCRC, Education Northwest, and three community colleges in Oregon to adapt lesson study for use among faculty teaching a precollege (developmental) quantitative literacy course.

How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways
September 2021
How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways

This report describes how CCRC’s thinking about guided pathways has evolved since the publication of Redesigning America’s Community Colleges in 2015.

Committing to Instructional Improvement in an Era of Community College Reform
August 2021
Committing to Instructional Improvement in an Era of Community College Reform

This article argues that by tying instructional improvement efforts to ongoing reforms, colleges may be able to take advantage of structures and mechanisms employed by the reform to make teaching an institutional priority.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

September 29, 2021

It's not enough to make it easier to go to college; to boost enrollment, students must have access to valuable programs. To that end, our latest interactive tool shows you what credentials students are completing at your college or in your state. 

September 21, 2021

This post describes how guided pathways reforms can create the conditions for students to see a broader range of opportunities for themselves and then help students successfully realize those opportunities.

September 14, 2021

To boost adult enrollment and credential attainment, community colleges must make it easier for students to secure college credit for their previous work experience. 

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CCRC studies community colleges because they provide critical access to postsecondary education and are uniquely positioned to promote equity and social mobility in the United States. Our mission is to conduct research that helps these institutions strengthen opportunities and improve outcomes for their students, particularly those from underserved populations.

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