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CCRC in the News

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.  

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Study Reports Tennessee Community Colleges Ahead In Guided Pathway Reforms

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins discusses why Tennessee “has received much-deserved attention” for its work implementing guided pathways in this story from the Chattanoogan.  

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Summer Gains in Alamo

The Alamo Colleges District in Texas offers scholarships for summer courses to certain students enrolled in its five community colleges. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins spoke to Inside Higher Ed about the program’s promising start and where it could expand moving forward.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

Report: Guided Pathways Are Working in Tennessee’s Community Colleges

This Diverse Issues in Education piece provides a rundown of CCRC’s latest findings on guided pathways implementation in Tennessee. As detailed in the report, researchers found promising trends in first-year momentum among entering students.