The ARCC Network brings together six research teams from across the country to identify strategies that community colleges can use to bring back students who left during the COVID-19 pandemic, support their learning, and ensure they can succeed in the rapidly evolving post-pandemic economy. Working with large community college systems, the teams are studying a broad range of recovery strategies, with a focus on the groups most affected by the pandemic at community colleges—including students of color, low-income students, first-generation students, and adult students. Research by the six teams and the network lead organizations is geared toward providing timely and actionable information that colleges can use to bring students back to the classroom, to accelerate their academic progress, and to lay a foundation for broader improvements in community college education.
The network is led by the Community College Research Center, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, and Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research. The lead team is conducting research on enrollment and transfer trends and on the use of federal pandemic recovery funds, promising recovery strategies, and unmet needs to provide policymakers and system leaders information to guide decisions on pandemic recovery in community colleges.
The network’s core values include:
- A focus on equity
- A commitment to rigor
- A wide-angle lens
- Actionable knowledge