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

Strategies for Improving Postsecondary Credential Attainment Among Black, Hispanic, and Native American Adults
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Here, we suggest several guardrails to increase the likelihood of successful educational and employment outcomes for participants.

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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?
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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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

A Role for Disciplinary Societies in Supporting Community College Adjunct Faculty
June 2021
A Role for Disciplinary Societies in Supporting Community College Adjunct Faculty

This article establishes the importance of adjunct faculty in supporting student success, describes the experiences of adjunct faculty, and offers suggestions for disciplinary societies that seek to meet the needs of adjunct faculty. 

How Ohio Community Colleges Are Using Guided Pathways to Personalize Student Support
June 2021
How Ohio Community Colleges Are Using Guided Pathways to Personalize Student Support

This report examines how Ohio community colleges—which have been engaged in guided pathways reform for several years—are innovating within the model to provide scaled, personalized support to help students gain early academic momentum.

Strategies for Improving Postsecondary Credential Attainment Among Black, Hispanic, and Native American Adults
May 2021
Strategies for Improving Postsecondary Credential Attainment Among Black, Hispanic, and Native American Adults

This set of three studies examines what states and community colleges can do to address the needs of racially minoritized adult learners who are pursuing postsecondary education and training as a path to re-employment, better jobs, and higher incomes.

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.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

July 26, 2021

We're excited to have Laila Dola, Farzana Matin, and Annie Zavitz join us. 

July 01, 2021

A new CCRC series highlights research evidence that could be useful to advocates and legislators as they craft policies around issues including debt support, investments in student success, and workforce development.

June 24, 2021

A $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences will fund a partnership between broad-access colleges and researchers at CCRC and SRI International.

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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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