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CCRC in the News

JANUARY 22, 2019

Early College Programs Can Help Florida Build on its Education Success

This Tampa Bay Times column argues that dual enrollment programs could help raise Florida’s already climbing high school graduation rate even further. It relies on CCRC’s September 2017 report, which found that students who take college courses while in high school may be more likely to earn a college credential and to do so more efficiently.

JANUARY 11, 2019

Tennessee Community Colleges Are Making Strides and Reforming Fastest in the Nation

In a column for the Tennessean, the chancellor of the College System of Tennessee discussed the Volunteer State’s position as a national leader in community college reform and mentioned CCRC’s September report on the state’s implementation of guided pathways.

JANUARY 10, 2019

The 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Teachers College President and CCRC Founding Director Thomas Bailey and CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton are among the 200 most influential United States-based education scholars, according to an annual list published by Education Week. Bailey is ranked 77th, and Scott-Clayton is number 136. 

JANUARY 07, 2019

Senate Democrats Address Debt of Students of Color

Four Democratic senators relied on research conducted by CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton to call attention to the disproportionate amount of debt faced by students of color. Inside Higher Ed reports that Senators Doug Jones, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Catherine Cortez Masto are seeking ideas for how to remedy the disparity from nearly 100 education, business, and civil rights experts.

DECEMBER 10, 2018

The ‘Middle Skills’ Gap: Half of America’s Jobs Require More Than High School Diplomas but Less Than 4-Year Degrees. So Why Are They Under So Many Students’ Radars?

The idea that there is a gaping “skills gap” between what students are taught in school and what the labor market requires of its workers is “overblown,” CCRC Research Affiliate Clive Belfield told The 74. In reality, Belfield said, there is a mismatch between desired skills and corresponding compensation.

DECEMBER 06, 2018

Agencies at Loggerheads Over Gainful-Employment Data

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

Eliminating All Student Debt Isn’t Progressive

While some liberal lawmakers have floated the idea of forgiving student debt, doing so would be counterproductive, David Leonhardt wrote in this New York Times op-ed. To make the case that canceling loans would only help the upper middle class, Leonhardt referenced CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton’s January report on loan default rates.

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Community Colleges See Summer Enrollment Rise after Pell Grant Expansion

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

Raising Awareness Around the Impact of Year-Round Pell

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

The Summer Pell Bump

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?”