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

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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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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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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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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

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.

Caring Campus: An Initiative to Involve Community College Staff in Increasing Student Success
March 2021
Caring Campus: An Initiative to Involve Community College Staff in Increasing Student Success

This brief describes the importance of nonacademic staff to the student experience and presents initial findings related to the Caring Campus initiative’s capacity to affect college culture and ground further change efforts.

College Acceleration for All? Mapping Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Participation
March 2021
College Acceleration for All? Mapping Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Participation

This paper estimates the patterns and sources of White–Black and White–Hispanic enrollment gaps in Advancement Placement (AP) and dual enrollment programs across several thousand school districts and metropolitan areas in the United States.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

April 01, 2021

In this op-ed, John Fink and Davis Jenkins argue that dual enrollment programs—which are mired by inequities—should be reconceived to expand college access and offer underserved students an on-ramp to postsecondary education.

March 15, 2021

This blog post describes the professional development strategy lesson study, as well as three new resources that aim to support faculty as they enhance and refine their instructional practice.

March 02, 2021

This blog uses Census Bureau data to offer a state-by-state look at how COVID-19 has disrupted students' college plans.

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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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