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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.

CCRC Webinar on Costs and Funding of Guided Pathways in California
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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In this Q&A, Lorain County Community College President Marcia Ballinger explains how dual enrollment helps grow talent and jobs in the community.

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Colleges can take advantage of key opportunities to address racial/ethnic equity gaps by intervening early in students’ postsecondary careers.

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This blog post examines how the pandemic is affecting households with community college students and sheds light on why community college enrollments are down.

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The pandemic prohibits CCRCers from conducting site visits and in-person data collection, but that doesn't mean they've stopped gathering information.

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To close equity gaps in developmental math, colleges must address the specific challenges that less privileged students face, including stereotype threat and instructor bias.

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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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Implementing and Scaling Multiple Measures Assessment in the Context of COVID-19
January 2021
Implementing and Scaling Multiple Measures Assessment in the Context of COVID-19

This brief discusses how community college systems in four states—Indiana, Virginia, Texas, and Washington—supported large-scale changes to student placement practices in reaction to challenges associated with the COVID pandemic.

How Guided Pathways Reforms Can Improve Support for Adult Students: Lessons From Three Tennessee Community Colleges
January 2021
How Guided Pathways Reforms Can Improve Support for Adult Students: Lessons From Three Tennessee Community Colleges

Drawing on interview data, this report discusses strategies that three guided pathways colleges use to help adult students enter programs of study, stay on path, and enhance learning.

Using Technology to Redesign College Advising and Student Support: Findings and Lessons From Three Colleges' Efforts to Build on the iPASS Initiative
December 2020
Using Technology to Redesign College Advising and Student Support: Findings and Lessons From Three Colleges' Efforts to Build on the iPASS Initiative

This report summarizes enhancements to technology-based advising at three institutions and their effects on students' academic outcomes for four semesters after study entry.

Scaling ASAP: How Expanding a Successful Program Supported Broader Institutional Change at Bronx Community College
December 2020
Scaling ASAP: How Expanding a Successful Program Supported Broader Institutional Change at Bronx Community College

This brief examines the relationship between BCC’s ASAP expansion and institutional change to illuminate how scaling a discrete reform can impact other areas of the college and change the way an institution serves all students.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

January 21, 2021

This blog post uses Census data to examine how the pandemic has affected community college graduates in the workforce. Associate degree-holders have faced significant hurdles, but their labor market experiences have been less disrupted than those of high school graduates.

January 14, 2021

This post presents a set of interactive data tools and findings from a CCRC analysis examining racial equity gaps in access to AP and dual enrollment coursework among public high school students during the 2017–18 school year.

December 21, 2020

It was a year unlike any other. As 2020 comes to a close, we take a look back at the themes that animated our work, as well as some of our accomplishments.

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