CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink spoke to Inside Higher Ed about dual enrollment's complex role in the future of community colleges: "Colleges are not bringing in additional revenue [from dual enrollment]; most are just breaking even. A big part of making this sustainable is increasing the number of students who are coming back to that college after high school."
Michigan Today wrote about CCRC Senior Research Scholar Jordan Matsudaira's ongoing tenure as the inaugural chief economist for the U.S. Department of Education.
CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink spoke to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about his research on dual enrollment, specifically The Dual Enrollment Playbook: A Guide to Equitable Acceleration for Students.
CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink shared his insights into dual enrollment with Times Higher Education: "What we do know is that in general, and in most circumstances, these courses really do benefit students...[b]ut we also know that in general, first-generation, low-income students of colour don’t have equal access to these programmes."
As Work Shift reports, Texas lawmakers are expected to approve a proposal that would dramatically increase funding for community colleges, tie much of it to workforce outcomes, and, for the first time, include substantial funding for short-term programs. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Nikki Edgecombe noted that it will be important to balance the interests of industry and workers in order to ensure that the economic growth the state is pursuing also advances workers’ economic mobility and doesn’t leave them behind.
K-12 learning losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are profound. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Nikki Edgecombe explained to Inside Higher Ed how colleges can help.
For Volt, CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink commented on the state of student transfer after the height of the pandemic: "There’s an enrollment crisis, but there’s [also] a college access crisis."
CCRC Senior Research Associate Hana Lahr spoke to Abner Oakes of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) about her work on guided pathways and specifically the Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan (ACIP) framework.
Overall enrollment at two-year institutions has shrunk only by 0.4% since fall 2021, and for the first time since 2019, enrollment declines were worse at four-year institutions. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink spoke to Inside Higher Ed about this development and the pivotal role played by dual enrollment.
CCRC researchers Davis Jenkins, Serena Klempin, and Hana Lahr recently published "Funding Guided Pathways Reforms at Small Colleges: Three Ohio Community Colleges Show How to Do It," which documents in part the advances Washington State Community College (WSCC) has made in funding and sustaining guided pathways reforms. The Marietta Times reported on this progress and interviewed WSCC President Dr. Vicky Wood, who's also featured in the CCRC study.