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CCRC in the News

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Online Courses Are Cost Effective but Detrimental to Learning, Researchers Find

This Pacific Standard story quotes CCRC Research Affiliate Shanna Smith Jaggars on online courses. She said online options are sometimes offered to boost enrollments, even if community college leaders know the courses are less effective for students.

APRIL 18, 2019

Four Ways Community Colleges Are Tackling Student Success with Fewer Resources

 Community colleges are employing several strategies to boost student success in the face of declining enrollments and shrinking budgets. This Education Dive story describes four such reforms, including guided pathways.

APRIL 15, 2019

Pathways Requires a Cultural Shift

This Community College Daily story details a presentation CCRC researchers led on guided pathways at the American Association of Community Colleges’ 2019 conference. “We have to stop thinking about the idea that students are lacking in skills and knowledge when what they lack is confidence as learners,” Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins said during the presentation.

APRIL 15, 2019

Community Colleges Embracing "Guided Pathways" See Payoff

In this Education Dive story, several CCRC researchers explain why America's community colleges are at a transformative tipping point and how the guided pathways model could help improve student outcomes. College leaders also describe the reform's effects on their campuses. 

MARCH 22, 2019

Three Ways Community Colleges Must Adapt to Workforce Changes

This Education Dive story summarizes CCRC’s latest working paper, which outlines ways community colleges should adapt to keep up with the evolving needs of the workforce.

MARCH 21, 2019

Neoliberalism Is Not Always a Negative

Many academics oppose the use of market-based principles in higher education. However, as CCRC Research Affiliates Rebecca Natow and Kevin Dougherty write in this Times Higher Education piece, neoliberal policies can positively impact students when implemented thoughtfully.

MARCH 21, 2019

Breaking Out of the Shadow College

Separating credit and noncredit workforce programs at community colleges disadvantages students and local economies, CCRC Research Affiliate James Jacobs writes in this Inside Higher Ed piece. Instead of siloing these opportunities, institutions should look to strengthen the connections between them.

MARCH 13, 2019

College Completion Rates Are Up, But The Numbers Will Still Surprise You

Though completion rates are on the rise, far too few students earn any degree within six years of starting college, according to data released by the National Student Clearinghouse. In this NPR story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins discusses why the eight-year completion rate, which is slightly higher, still reflects some disheartening caveats.

MARCH 06, 2019

AAC&U Working to Strengthen Guided Pathways in Community Colleges

The Association of American Colleges and Universities will work with the Center for Community College Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin on a two-year research project focused on guided pathways, Campus Technology reports. The guided pathways framework was outlined in CCRC’s 2015 book, Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success.

MARCH 05, 2019

Texas Republicans Eye Cash Rewards for Districts

Legislators in Texas are proposing the state set aside $800 million a year for successful schools, but critics say such a plan would only exacerbate the divide between wealthy and poor districts. CCRC Research Affiliate Kevin Dougherty told Education Week that, despite the popularity of outcomes-based funding formulas like the Texas plan, evidence supporting their effectiveness is scant.