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CCRC in the News

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 writes in this New York Times op-ed. To make the case that cancelling loans would only help the upper middle class, Leonhardt references 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.

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

This Inside Higher Ed essay builds on CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink’s latest blog post, which explores how access to dual enrollment and advanced placement vary by race and gender across states.

NOVEMBER 08, 2018

People saddled with student debt don’t just incur financial costs, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Borrowers, she said, also combat, “the stress, the anxiety, the time and energy [needed] … to get out of trouble.”

NOVEMBER 06, 2018

“The Tennessee Promise is succeeding at getting students in the door,” CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins said. “Now you have to get them out.” This Community College Week story has more on CCRC's September report, which describes how the Volunteer State is implementing guided pathways to help students earn college credentials.

OCTOBER 29, 2018

A new study of Tennessee’s transition courses found that participation yielded some benefits to high school students. But there are still gaps in the literature that must be filled to understand how the reform can be implemented effectively, CCRC Senior Research Scientist Elisabeth Barnett told Education Week.