The Mixed Methods Blog

Perspectives from our researchers, highlights from recent studies, and other news about CCRC

Building Stronger Collaborations Between Community Colleges and Disciplinary Societies

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For university faculty, disciplinary societies provide support throughout their careers—stimulating new ideas and fostering collaborations. How can these supports be more accessible to faculty teaching in community colleges? A new report summarizes the outcomes of a 2023 workshop that created action plans for increased collaboration and engagement.

Aftershocks: How the Pandemic Affected Community College Finances

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Four years after the initial COVID-19 outbreak, information showing how funding for community colleges was affected by the pandemic is now available. In this blog post, the authors highlight some overall findings from a newly released Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) dataset.

Help Us Set a Research Agenda on the Role of Community Colleges in the Green Jobs Economy

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In April, CCRC will host a half-day symposium to elevate the role community colleges play in addressing climate change and highlight the needs and opportunities for public and private sector coordination in order to help community colleges fulfill their promise in preparing students for the green economy.

“Waiving” Goodbye to Placement Tests for Dual Enrollment in Ohio

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Ohio waived testing-based eligibility requirements for some dual enrollment students by introducing the Innovative Program (IP) policy in 2017. A new CCRC working paper examines how the state policy was implemented and whether it resulted in expanded access and improved outcomes for Black and Hispanic students.

New Report Guides States and Systems on Supporting Practitioner Efforts to Strengthen Dual Enrollment

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In a new report, CCRC and CHSA provide state leaders with recommendations for improving dual enrollment programming in ways that support practitioners’ efforts. The recommendations are organized into three areas: expanding access, strengthening on-ramps to postsecondary pathways, and building and sustaining strong partnerships.