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FEBRUARY 19, 2019

The End of the Remedial Course

This Chronicle of Higher Education story delves into why colleges across the country are phasing out remedial courses and what, exactly, they’re replacing them with. It describes CCRC’s research on multiple measures assessment and placement, as well as on developmental sequence completion rates, as part of the broader discussion of how colleges can help students who are academically underprepared.

FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Accountability in Higher Education after Deregulation

The Education Department has taken several steps to roll back accountability systems that monitor federal financial aid. In response, CCRC Senior Research Fellow Jordan Matsudaira and several other prominent economists submitted comments addressing why such accountability mechanisms are necessary to protect students and federal taxpayers. This Brookings article summarizes their arguments.

FEBRUARY 08, 2019

Rise in Dual-Enrollment Courses May Help Community Colleges, but Minority Students? Not as Much

A rising number of high school students are taking courses for college credit before they finish 12th grade. But, as this Chronicle of Higher Education story points out, concerns about equity and course rigor linger in the dual-enrollment movement. CCRC Senior Research Scientist Elisabeth Barnett weighed in on how to make these classes work best for all students.

FEBRUARY 06, 2019

The Continuing Evolution of the American Community College

In a chapter in Terry O’Banion’s forthcoming book, 13 Ideas That Are Transforming the Community College World, CCRC Senior Research Scientist Nikki Edgecombe details “demography of opportunity,” or the idea that diversity must be reframed as an asset and that community college graduates should be viewed as key partners in equitable economic growth.

JANUARY 31, 2019

Free College Idea Hinges on Merger With K-12

A Chicago mayoral candidate proposed merging the city’s public school system with its two-year college system in an effort to boost postsecondary attendance and decrease student debt. But critics called the plan “ridiculous,” and said it would create a bureaucratic nightmare. In this Inside Higher Ed story, CCRC Senior Research Associate Davis Jenkins and CCRC Senior Research Scientist Elisabeth Barnett weigh-in on the proposal's potential.

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.