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Guided Pathways Summer Institute: Using Data to Launch Large-Scale Reform
New publication: Lessons From Two Experimental Studies of Multiple Measures Assessment
CCRC's 2020-2022 Biennial Report
CCRC's 2020-2022 Biennial Report
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Read the Washington Post op-ed written by Teachers College President Thomas Bailey and CCRC Director Thomas Brock.

Toward a practical set of STEM transfer program momentum metrics
To Build Back Enrollment, Community Colleges Must Ensure That Their Programs Are Worth Completing
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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

Lessons From Two Experimental Studies of Multiple Measures Assessment
January 2022
Lessons From Two Experimental Studies of Multiple Measures Assessment

This CAPR brief describes two recent experimental studies of multiple measures assessment, in which colleges use measures beyond placement test scores to determine students’ college readiness.

Catastrophe or Catalyst? Reflections on COVID’s Impact on Community Colleges
December 2021
Catastrophe or Catalyst? Reflections on COVID’s Impact on Community Colleges

This essay discusses how students and community colleges responded to the pandemic and what their experiences reveal about inequities in higher education.

Increasing Gatekeeper Course Completion: Three-Semester Findings From an Experimental Study of Multiple Measures Assessment and Placement
December 2021
Increasing Gatekeeper Course Completion: Three-Semester Findings From an Experimental Study of Multiple Measures Assessment and Placement

This report describes findings from a random assignment study examining the implementation, cost, and efficacy of multiple measures assessments for placing students into college-level or developmental courses.

Measuring STEM Momentum: Early Indicators of STEM Transfer Success for Community College Students
November 2021
Measuring STEM Momentum: Early Indicators of STEM Transfer Success for Community College Students

Drawing on findings from a study of postsecondary college transcript and degree records, this brief describes metrics that may be useful in assessing efforts to improve STEM transfer outcomes.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

January 13, 2022

In an update to their Tableau dashboard using IPEDS data to show which credentials students are completing by college and state, John Fink and Davis Jenkins incorporated earnings data to lend additional insight into programs' postgraduation outcomes.

January 11, 2022

What can colleges interested in our summer 2022 guided pathways institute expect? We asked 2021 participants from three colleges—located in Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Arizona—to describe their experiences. 

December 17, 2021

Despite all the challenges of this year, CCRC researchers continued to launch new work, engage with the field, and chart the pandemic's impact on community colleges. Here, we reflect on the year that was, highlighting these accomplishments and more. 

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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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