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CCRC in the News

JULY 07, 2021

New Research Center to Explore Future of Online Learning

This EdScoop story describes CCRC and SRI's newly launched IES-funded research center, which aims to address inequities in online learning in college. Government Technology and University Business also covered the center's announcement, and EdSource mentioned it in a story about California Gov. Gavin Newsom's continued support of Calbright, the state's fully online community college. 

JULY 05, 2021

Facing Steep Enrollment Declines, Fiscal Cliff, Community Colleges Accelerate Advisor Hiring

Connecticut community colleges are using federal funding to expand guided pathways and hire 174 academic advisors in an effort to bring students back to campus following pandemic-related enrollment drops. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told The Connecticut Examiner that hiring counselors won't be enough to spur enrollment—they need to be connected to specific programs.

JULY 01, 2021

Are Algorithms the Answer?

This Inside Higher Ed story describes a new CAPR working paper that found an alternative placement system that incorporates multiple measures of assessment was more predictive of a student's future performance than placement tests alone. 

JUNE 23, 2021

To Fix Inequities, Community Colleges Should Quit Requiring Remedial Classes, South King County Report Says

A new report argues that community colleges in Washington State could help close equity gaps by eliminating developmental education courses and making college-level classes the default. CCRC Senior Research Associate Elizabeth Kopko told The Seattle Times that the amount of time it takes students to complete developmental sequences is often a significant barrier to their success. 

JUNE 18, 2021

Many University Students Don’t Graduate. Why Not Give Them an Associate Degree?

Four-year colleges in Colorado may soon be able to award an associate degree to students who made significant progress on a bachelor's degree but never completed a program. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told EdSurge he is skeptical of the program's impact, considering general studies associate degrees tend to have little labor market value. 

JUNE 17, 2021

Falling Tuition Revenues, Rising Tensions

Santa Fe Community College, which lost nearly $2 million in tuition and fees last year following steep pandemic-related enrollment declines, was forced to eliminates academic programs and lay off faculty. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Inside Higher Ed that the cuts may be an omen of what's to come on other struggling campuses.

JUNE 14, 2021

Technology Aids University Transfer Students, But Human Connection Is Key

Community colleges need to help students plan for transfer as early as possible so they can ensure they're taking the right courses, CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink told EdScoop. The colleges should also provide aspiring transfer students with opportunities to connect with professionals and other learners in their desired fields.

JUNE 14, 2021

Can Student Loan Debt Be Canceled by a President’s Executive Order?

Many Democrats, including Sens. Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, are pressuring President Joe Biden to use an executive order to cancel thousands of dollars of student debt. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton told PolitiFact that the more ambitiously Biden uses his power to take action, the more likely he is to prompt legal challenges.

JUNE 14, 2021

‘The Best Way to Prepare for College Is to Do College’: Camden Reach Just the Latest New Jersey Program Giving HS Students a Jump Start on Higher Ed

The Camden Reach program, which is part of New Jersey's efforts to increase postsecondary attainment among residents, offers high school students the chance to earn college credits for free. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Elisabeth Barnett told The 74 that evidence supports early college high schools.

JUNE 10, 2021

California Has the Largest Drop in Spring College Enrollment Numbers in the Nation

No state has been hit harder by pandemic-related enrollment declines than California, which saw its community college and university population dwindle by 123,000 students from spring 2020 to spring 2021. Although optimistic that fall enrollment will rebound, CCRC Director Tom Brock told the Los Angeles Times he is concerned that further declines could lead to a spiral of community college funding cuts.