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CCRC in the News

AUGUST 30, 2020

Higher Ed’s Most Successful Failure

With its wraparound services and high-touch approach, CUNY's ASAP program has demonstrated its ability to improve students' likelihood of graduation and transfer to a four-year institution. However, as CCRC Director Tom Brock explains in this Washington Monthly story, ASAP hasn't been widely adopted due to the harsh realities of states' budgeting processes. 

AUGUST 27, 2020

An Essential Education for All Students

This Inside Higher Ed opinion piece, which draws from the book Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, argues that for years, higher education initiatives failed to prioritize community college curricular reform, and the pandemic has made the consequences of that omission clear.

AUGUST 23, 2020

University-Bound Students Change Course to Lorain County Community College; Research Says They Might Be Better Off

This Morning Journal story about students opting to attend Lorain County Community College in Ohio instead of four-year universities cites CCRC research that found students who enroll primarily in four-year institutions but take a limited number of courses at the two-year level benefit from doing so.  Spectrum News 1 also published a story on Lorain that relies on CCRC's work.  

AUGUST 19, 2020

As More Four-Year Colleges Flip Online, Some Students Take A Second Look At Community Colleges

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told WGBH that he doubts high school graduates' newfound interest in community colleges as an alternative to four-year universities will be enough to offset dips in enrollment across the sector. Some students intending to earn their bachelor's degrees are considering diverting to two-year institutions as a stopgap during the coronavirus pandemic. 

AUGUST 18, 2020

Displaced Workers and Public College Enrollment

This Inside Higher Ed story describes a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper written by CCRC's Judith Scott-Clayton and Veronica Minaya that examines the relationship between mass layoffs and public college enrollment. The researchers found that for every 100 workers who lose their job, just one enrolls at a public college. 

JULY 15, 2020

4-Year Students Can Benefit From Community College Classes, New Research Suggests

This Education Dive story describes CCRC's latest working paper, which finds educational and employment benefits for four-year college students who take a limited number of community college credits. 

JULY 15, 2020

Community College Courses and the Bachelor's Degree

This Inside Higher Ed story summarizes CCRC's latest working paper on how taking a limited number of community college credits affects outcomes for students primarily enrolled in four-year institutions. Our researchers found that these "supplementally enrolled" students see employment and educational benefits from taking courses at two-year colleges. 

JULY 14, 2020

Four-Year College Students Benefit From Taking Some Community College Courses

This Community College Daily story summarizes CCRC's latest working paper, which explores how taking a limited number of community college courses affects educational and employment outcomes for students primarily enrolled in four-year institutions. 

JULY 10, 2020

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Right on Economic Impact of International College Students

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton quantified the value international students bring to the American economy in this Politifact story that frames higher education as an export. The Trump Administration recently announced that it would ban international students from staying in the U.S. if all of their courses were online.

JULY 02, 2020

South Carolina's Community Colleges Feel COVID's Effects

Community colleges in South Carolina are anticipating volatile enrollment as a result of COVID-19, Greenville News reports. In this story, CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink explains why two-year schools—which have experience teaching online and have focused in recent years on boosting student success—are a good option during the pandemic.