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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.

TC Fellowship Opportunity: Learn more and find out how to apply on the PEAR website.
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
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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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

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.

Using Guided Pathways to Build Cross-Sector Pathways Partnerships
October 2021
Using Guided Pathways to Build Cross-Sector Pathways Partnerships

Based on fieldwork at four guided pathways colleges, this report introduces a cross-sector pathways model and highlights emerging practices and strategies that community colleges are using to build stronger connections with employers, universities, and K-12 schools.

Patterns of Community College Use Among Working Adults
October 2021
Patterns of Community College Use Among Working Adults

This brief describes results from a nationally representative survey of American workers aged 24–64 to learn what training providers they have used and what their experiences have been with these providers.

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.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

December 01, 2021

In this blog series, we'll introduce you to the first cohort of Postsecondary Education Applied Research (PEAR) fellows. First up is Selena Cardona, who previously worked in Sen. Chuck Schumer's office.

November 18, 2021

In a recent CCRC webinar, researchers explained how colleges have used data to gauge the impact of student support initiatives and to design more equitable systems.

November 16, 2021

This interview delves into the evolving relationship between the federal government and postsecondary education throughout American history, as well as what community colleges can do to influence policy to their benefit.

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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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