tc columbia

CCRC in the News

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?”

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.”