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CCRC in the News

OCTOBER 28, 2020

As Community College Enrollment Dips Nationwide, CCV Numbers Hold Steady

Bucking national trends, enrollment at the Community College of Vermont has stayed near its pre-pandemic levels this semester. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told VT Digger that the college's relatively high tuition rate may have been a factor because students were already used to paying more to attend classes. 

OCTOBER 27, 2020

Transfer Enrollment Declines

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Insider Higher Ed he's not particularly surprised that new data indicate transfer enrollment is down 4.7% compared to last fall. Enrollment across higher education and at community colleges, in particular, has decreased during the pandemic. 

  • CCRC Director Tom Brock spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about the decline in transfer enrollments and noted that he is concerned the dip in students will lead to a drop in funding for community colleges. 
OCTOBER 26, 2020

Through the Looking Glass

In this Inside Higher Ed essay, CCRC Research Associate Maggie Fay explains how developmental education undermines the ability of students from disadvantaged backgrounds to advance and succeed in higher education, despite their enthusiasm and effort. 

OCTOBER 23, 2020

‘This Could be Huge’—Economists Weigh In on Biden’s Proposal to Forgive $10,000 in Student Debt in Exchange for Public Service

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released a program proposal that would wipe out up a significant amount of student debt for each year of national or community service, up to five years. In this CNBC story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton praised the idea as a "no-brainer" but cautioned that the program should avoid creating too many hoops for borrowers to jump through to receive relief. 

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Students Who Counted on Work-Study Jobs Now Struggle to Pay Their Bills

This Washington Post story describes how students who typically rely on work-study jobs to cover expenses are struggling to make ends meet in the midst of virtual instruction. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton weighed in, noting that, beyond wages, on-campus jobs often represent a key part of students' college experience. 

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Recessions Are Usually Good For Community Colleges. Not This Time

In this WGBH story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins explains how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting low-income students and students of color. Community colleges across the country have seen enrollment declines during the pandemic. 

OCTOBER 21, 2020

Multiple Measures Lead to Better Outcomes

This Community College Daily story describes findings from CAPR's latest report on multiple measures assessment and placement. CCRC's Elisabeth Barnett, who is a member of CAPR's senior research staff, said the impact findings suggest "colleges [should] default to placing students into college-level courses when they’re on the fence about whether or not they’re ready.”

OCTOBER 19, 2020

Progress, and Finger Pointing, on Student Transfer: A Survey

A new survey from Inside Higher Ed offers a snapshot of administrators' attitudes toward and perceptions of the transfer process. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink said the opinion gaps between personnel at two- and four-year campuses underscores the need for officials to take "collective responsibility for transfer students from community college start to university finish."

OCTOBER 15, 2020

Supplemental Enrollment Partnerships in Higher Education

In this Helix Education podcast, CCRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Vivian Yuen Ting Liu describes the revenue implications for four-year colleges when their students take some of their courses at two-year institutions. 

OCTOBER 09, 2020

Why Does Community College Enrollment Look so Different This Year? COVID

Enrollment dropped by 15% at Connecticut's 12 community college, outpacing the average 8% dip colleges nationwide have seen this semester. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told the Connecticut Mirror that because many students rely on service jobs to pay tuition, cuts to the industry may be partially to blame for campuses' enrollment woes.