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Community College Research Center

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This initiative will develop a practitioner-defined national community college research agenda and disseminate research findings throughout the country.

Will Students be Prepared for Community College Post-Pandemic?
Introducing CCRC’s Summer Institute Cohort
Strengthening Community College Workforce Training
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This op-ed argues that dual enrollment programs should expand college access and offer underserved students an on-ramp to postsecondary education.

Investing in Student Success at Community Colleges: Lessons from Research on Guided Pathways
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This blog post uses U.S. Census data to provide a state-by-state breakdown of how the pandemic changed students' college decisions.

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Transfer pathways are key to improving equity in higher education. Here are four institutional roadblocks that regularly impede transfer student success.

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The pandemic has challenged associate degree-holders, but Americans with just a high school diploma have endured even more significant labor market disruption.

How Equitable is Access to AP and Dual Enrollment Across States and School Districts?
How Guided Pathways Reforms Can Improve Support for Adult Students: Lessons From Three Tennessee Community Colleges
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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

Strengthening Community College Workforce Training
April 2021
Strengthening Community College Workforce Training

This brief describes the substantial role community colleges play in workforce education, what innovative colleges are doing to improve programming and labor market outcomes for participants, and how the federal government can support these efforts.

Happy Together? The Peer Effects of Dual Enrollment Students on Community College Student Outcomes
April 2021
Happy Together? The Peer Effects of Dual Enrollment Students on Community College Student Outcomes

Using administrative data from a large state community college system, this article examines whether being exposed to a higher percentage of dual enrollment peers influences non-dual enrollment enrollees’ performance in college courses.

Five Years Later: Technology and Advising Redesign at Early Adopter Colleges
April 2021
Five Years Later: Technology and Advising Redesign at Early Adopter Colleges

This brief discusses the experiences, achievements, and challenges of 26 broad-access two- and four-year colleges that, in 2015, began steps to adopt or enhance technology-mediated advising practices to improve the way they support students.

Investing in Student Success at Community Colleges: Lessons from Research on Guided Pathways
April 2021
Investing in Student Success at Community Colleges: Lessons from Research on Guided Pathways

This brief discusses why whole-college, guided pathways reforms hold promise for improving student success on a large scale, what they cost, and how the federal government can support their adoption.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

May 12, 2021

Officially launching in fall 2021, the initiative will develop a practitioner-defined national community college research agenda and disseminate research findings throughout the country.

May 10, 2021

Congratulations to Umika Kumar, Armando Lizarraga, and Nicole Lorenzetti on their academic achievements!

April 29, 2021

This is blog post analyzes U.S. Census data to gauge how school has changed during the pandemic for students who said they planned to attend community college. Findings suggest future students may not be as well-prepared as prior community college cohorts.

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Our Mission

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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