April 23, 2024

New Data Reveals Few Community College Transfers Complete a Bachelor’s Degree

John Fink told The 74 that we see smaller transfer completion rates for Black, Latino, and low-income students because the transfer system is riddled with barriers.

April 09, 2024

The Wild West of Dual Enrollment: Its Growth, Benefits, and Drawbacks

John Fink spoke to the hosts of the Future U. podcast about dual enrollment, specifically the financial incentives for districts and colleges, concerns around course quality and rigor, and implications for high school and college experiences.

April 08, 2024

Community Colleges Increase Housing Options

Campus housing could have a discernable impact on retention and graduation, Serena Klempin told Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

April 02, 2024

Poor Mental Health Among Community College Students Linked to Lower Persistence Rates

A CCRC working paper studying two-year students’ habits has linked mental health-related issues, such as anxiety and depression, to worse persistence rates and credit accumulation.

April 02, 2024

Report: Mental Health Impacts Community College Persistence

A working paper from Sade Bonilla and Veronica Minaya identifies key themes in the challenges learners at two-year institutions face and how it impacts their enrollment and degree progression in the first year.

March 27, 2024

Helping Learners Plan Their Path Through College

Davis Jenkins and Hana Lahr joined The Key podcast to discuss their recent papers evaluating how guided pathways has spread, what iterations of the model work best, and what it takes to bring about sweeping, “whole college” change. 

March 19, 2024

Small Liberal Arts University Relocates Satellite Campuses to Bolster Transfers

Davis Jenkins said Lakeland’s co-location model is a promising one for adapting to changing student demographics and called the model a way to build "pathways" to student enrollment.

March 14, 2024

A Deeper Look at Guided Pathways

Davis Jenkins and Hana Lahr spoke to Inside Higher Ed about two new CCRC evaluations of the guided pathways model. 

March 13, 2024

Community College Can Be a Gateway to a 4-year Degree. But Indiana Has One of the Worst Success Rates in the Nation.

In a story on Indiana transfer rates, John Fink spoke with WFYI Indianapolis about why students might choose community colleges.

March 05, 2024

Job Focused Community College Programs Grow—But Grim Transfer Trend Continues

Despite community college growth in fall 2023, experts say there’s a ‘troubling’ decline of students transferring to four-year schools. “It might seem like this is a community college issue, but that’s going to translate in years forward to many four-year institutions,” John Fink said.