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The IES-funded Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness has published results from a national survey on developmental education practices.

Aligning Credit and Noncredit Programs

CCRC's Maria Cormier describes a new project aimed at facilitating and improving colleges' efforts to better align their credit and noncredit offerings.

The Untapped Potential of Librarians in Supporting Guided Pathways

Shanna Smith Jaggars, coauthor of Redesigning America's Community Colleges, describes a section of the book that was left on the cutting room floor.

Thomas Brock highlights community college reforms and research projects at the core of the center's work and describes two new studies that aim to inform the development of solutions in the field moving forward.

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The Changing Landscape of Developmental Education Practices: Findings from a National Survey and Interviews with Postsecondary Institutions
November 2019
The Changing Landscape of Developmental Education Practices: Findings from a National Survey and Interviews with Postsecondary Institutions

This CAPR report documents developmental education practices across the country based on a survey of public 2- and 4-year colleges and private, nonprofit 4-year colleges, plus interviews with institutional and state leaders.

The Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy
November 2019
The Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy

This handbook presents a wide range of research on adults who have low literacy skills. It looks at the cognitive, affective, and motivational factors underlying adult literacy; adult literacy in different countries; and the educational approaches being taken to help improve adults’ literacy skills.

The Role of Librarians in Guided Pathways Reforms
October 2019
The Role of Librarians in Guided Pathways Reforms

In this short essay, Shanna Jaggars (coauthor of Redesigning America's Community Colleges) and Amanda Folk (head of teaching and learning at the Ohio State Libraries) discuss how librarians' expertise could be harnessed to support guided pathways reforms.

Creating Accelerated Pathways for Student Success in Mathematics: A Snapshot of Courses Offered at the Launch of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion Project
October 2019
Creating Accelerated Pathways for Student Success in Mathematics: A Snapshot of Courses Offered at the Launch of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion Project

This research brief describes findings from a survey about mathematics course offerings at institutions in six states implementing mathematics pathways.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

November 12, 2019

In the latest installment in our guided pathways blog series, Alison Kadlec, who co-founded Sova, describes five principles for helping higher education institutions build capacity for large-scale change. 

October 30, 2019

In this blog post, Shanna Smith Jaggars, one of the coauthors of Redesigning America's Community Colleges, describes a section of the book that was left on the cutting room floor: how librarians can bolster guided pathways.

October 24, 2019

In this blog post, CCRC's Maria Cormier describes a new project aimed at facilitating and improving colleges' efforts to better align their credit and noncredit offerings.

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