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CCRC in the News

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

The Rise of Dual Credit

CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink told Education Next that, as dual enrollment continues to expand, it is necessary to focus on the causes of persistent equity gaps that undermine the programs' goals, lest they be exacerbated.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Senators Push Bipartisan Plan to "Finish Fixing" the FAFSA

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the need to simply the FAFSA form as a matter of equity and college access. Several outlets—including Community College Daily and local affiliates from CBS, Fox, NBC, and Scripps—covered the hearing. 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

Report: Guided Pathways Show Progress

A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement found that, though there is still room for improvement, guided pathways has improved the student experience on many campuses. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Inside Higher Ed that in order to keep making progress, colleges must focus on moving past program mapping as an end goal and implement engagement strategies such as experiential learning opportunities.

SEPTEMBER 01, 2020

Reform Advocates Urge Colleges And Universities to Stop Asking Prospective Students About Their Criminal Histories

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton spoke to the Oklahoma State Legislature about why colleges should cease asking prospective students about their criminal histories, Tulsa World reports. Campuses, Scott-Clayton explained, tend to be very safe places, and asking students for this information could discourage some from pursuing higher education. 

AUGUST 30, 2020

Higher Ed’s Most Successful Failure

With its wraparound services and high-touch approach, CUNY's ASAP program has demonstrated its ability to improve students' likelihood of graduation and transfer to a four-year institution. However, as CCRC Director Tom Brock explains in this Washington Monthly story, ASAP hasn't been widely adopted due to the harsh realities of states' budgeting processes. 

AUGUST 27, 2020

An Essential Education for All Students

This Inside Higher Ed opinion piece, which draws from the book Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, argues that for years, higher education initiatives failed to prioritize community college curricular reform, and the pandemic has made the consequences of that omission clear.

AUGUST 23, 2020

University-Bound Students Change Course to Lorain County Community College; Research Says They Might Be Better Off

This Morning Journal story about students opting to attend Lorain County Community College in Ohio instead of four-year universities cites CCRC research that found students who enroll primarily in four-year institutions but take a limited number of courses at the two-year level benefit from doing so.  Spectrum News 1 also published a story on Lorain that relies on CCRC's work.  

AUGUST 19, 2020

As More Four-Year Colleges Flip Online, Some Students Take A Second Look At Community Colleges

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told WGBH that he doubts high school graduates' newfound interest in community colleges as an alternative to four-year universities will be enough to offset dips in enrollment across the sector. Some students intending to earn their bachelor's degrees are considering diverting to two-year institutions as a stopgap during the coronavirus pandemic. 

AUGUST 18, 2020

Displaced Workers and Public College Enrollment

This Inside Higher Ed story describes a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper written by CCRC's Judith Scott-Clayton and Veronica Minaya that examines the relationship between mass layoffs and public college enrollment. The researchers found that for every 100 workers who lose their job, just one enrolls at a public college. 

JULY 15, 2020

4-Year Students Can Benefit From Community College Classes, New Research Suggests

This Education Dive story describes CCRC's latest working paper, which finds educational and employment benefits for four-year college students who take a limited number of community college credits.