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CCRC in the News

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Minnesota's Private Colleges Opening up to Community College Students

Enrolling community college students can be a promising option for four-year institutions looking to boost stagnant or sagging enrollment numbers. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink spoke to Minnesota Public Radio about the declining high school population there and what that means for universities seeking out freshmen.

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Acceleration and Access

This Inside Higher Ed essay builds on CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink’s latest blog post, which explores how access to dual enrollment and advanced placement vary by race and gender across states.

NOVEMBER 08, 2018

Why Pennsylvania and New Jersey Students Carry the Most College Loan Debt in the Nation

People saddled with student debt don’t just incur financial costs, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Borrowers, she said, also combat, “the stress, the anxiety, the time and energy [needed] … to get out of trouble.”

NOVEMBER 06, 2018

In the Door, and Then Out

“The Tennessee Promise is succeeding at getting students in the door,” CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins said. “Now you have to get them out.” This Community College Week story has more on CCRC's September report, which describes how the Volunteer State is implementing guided pathways to help students earn college credentials.

OCTOBER 29, 2018

A Math Remediation Effort Boosted Students' College Credits. But Did Learning Improve?

A new study of Tennessee’s transition courses found that participation yielded some benefits to high school students. But there are still gaps in the literature that must be filled to understand how the reform can be implemented effectively, CCRC Senior Research Scientist Elisabeth Barnett told Education Week.

OCTOBER 17, 2018

The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About to Get Worse

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton discussed the "crisis levels" of delinquency that student borrowers are facing with Bloomberg: “You have to wonder if the lack of transparency surrounding [student] loans is intentional,” she said.

OCTOBER 10, 2018

California’s Online Community College Targets ‘Stranded’ Adult Learners

California’s innovative proposal for an online community college aims to increase access to higher education for working adults. CCRC Senior Research Scientist Elisabeth Barnett spoke to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the advantages an option like this could provide.

OCTOBER 09, 2018

Use of Adjuncts Hurting CC Education Outcomes

How do adjunct faculty affect student academic outcomes? CCRC’s January 2017 working paper, referenced in this Campus Technology story, suggests adjuncts have a negative effect on subsequent course enrollment and performance.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Multiple Measurements to Predict Success

A number of publications, including Inside Higher Ed, covered the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness’ (CAPR) latest report, which investigates the effects of multiple measures placement. Researchers found that SUNY community colleges that leveraged assessment tools beyond standardized tests boosted enrollment in college-level courses.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

One-Third of Community College Students ‘Misdirected’ to Remedial Classes

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder wrote about CCRC and MDRC’s July guide, “Toward Better College Course Placement,” which provides recommendations for colleges interested in implementing multiple measures assessment.