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JULY 30, 2021

How Tennessee Schools Are Helping Aspiring Barbers With High Debt Kickstart Their Careers

Many aspiring barbers and cosmetologists in Tennessee struggle under the weight of student loan debt accumulated during their training. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton told Commercial Appeal that policy proposals to forgive even modest amounts of student debt would go a long way because many people who fall behind on their loan payments owe less than $10,000. 

JULY 29, 2021

The Transfer ‘Reset’

This Inside Higher Ed op-ed argues that the transfer system is fundamentally flawed and offers a set of recommendations for "resetting" transfer to meet the needs of today’s learners. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink is a member of the Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board, which wrote the essay. 

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 TechnologyUniversity Business,  and The Town-Crier also covered the center's announcement. 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.