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CCRC in the News

JANUARY 11, 2019

In a column for the Tennessean, the chancellor of the College System of Tennessee discussed the Volunteer State’s position as a national leader in community college reform and mentioned CCRC’s September report on the state’s implementation of guided pathways.

JANUARY 10, 2019

Teachers College President and CCRC Founding Director Thomas Bailey and CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton are among the 200 most influential United States-based education scholars, according to an annual list published by Education Week. Bailey is ranked 77th, and Scott-Clayton is number 136. 

JANUARY 07, 2019

Four Democratic senators relied on research conducted by CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton to call attention to the disproportionate amount of debt faced by students of color. Inside Higher Ed reports that Senators Doug Jones, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Catherine Cortez Masto are seeking ideas for how to remedy the disparity from nearly 100 education, business, and civil rights experts.

DECEMBER 10, 2018

The idea that there is a gaping “skills gap” between what students are taught in school and what the labor market requires of its workers is “overblown,” CCRC Research Affiliate Clive Belfield told The 74. In reality, Belfield said, there is a mismatch between desired skills and corresponding compensation.

DECEMBER 06, 2018

Despite the Education Department making its repeal a priority, the Obama-era gainful employment rule is still on the books—but it isn’t being enforced. CCRC Senior Research Fellow Jordan Matsudaira spoke to Inside Higher Ed about what the lack of follow-through signals about the department.

NOVEMBER 21, 2018

While some liberal lawmakers have floated the idea of forgiving student debt, doing so would be counterproductive, David Leonhardt wrote in this New York Times op-ed. To make the case that canceling loans would only help the upper middle class, Leonhardt referenced CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton’s January report on loan default rates.

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

This Education Dive story explores the relationship between the newly reinstated year-round Pell grant and community colleges’ summer enrollment. It references CCRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Vivian Liu’s recently published paper on the topic.

NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Less than 20 percent of eligible students took advantage of the year-round Pell grant, CCRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Vivian Liu’s research revealed. She spoke to Diverse: Issues in Education about her findings and offered a few explanations for why so many people are leaving the funds on the table.

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Though a new survey indicates community colleges are seeing a rise in their summer enrollment numbers following the reinstatement of the year-round Pell grant, CCRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Vivian Liu said colleges should strive for even more growth: “It’s essentially free money,” Liu said in an email to Inside Higher Ed. “Why aren’t more people taking advantage of it?”

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Enrolling community college students can be a promising option for four-year institutions looking to boost stagnant or sagging enrollment numbers. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink spoke to Minnesota Public Radio about the declining high school population there and what that means for universities seeking out freshmen.