April 18, 2022

College Enrollment Is Falling. Here's How It Could Impact the Economy

CCRC Director Tom Brock talked to MarketWatch for a video about the drop in enrollment at community colleges and concerns about its effects on the economy and the health of the colleges. More apprenticeships could be one solution, Brock said.

April 14, 2022

States Look to Community Colleges to Fill Labor Gap

CCRC Director Tom Brock spoke with Stateline about the push to expand workforce training and some of the concerns about short-term programs.

March 21, 2022

Work Shift Explainer: California’s Urgent Work to Reform Remedial Ed

CCRC's Nikki Edgecombe and Jessica Brathwaite talked to Work Shift for this explainer on California’s remedial reform. It discusses what’s at stake for millions of vulnerable students, the accomplishments and challenges of the multi-year effort, and the continued investment that will be required to make it work in the nation’s largest public college system.

February 15, 2022

CCAC’s Enrollment Dropped During the Pandemic. What Could This Mean for Allegheny County?

CCRC Director Tom Brock spoke with the nonprofit Pittsburgh news website PublicSource for a story about enrollment drops at the Community College of Allegheny County. A long-term drop could affect the region's economic vitality, he said.

February 15, 2022

Community Colleges Find Creative Ways to Entice Students Back to Campus Despite Enrollment Lows

CCRC Senior Research Associate Hana Lahr joined a discussion about how community colleges are bringing students back to campus on the daily talk show Where We Live from Connecticut Public Radio/WNPR.

February 15, 2022

Rethinking Remedial Programs to Promote College Student Success

CCRC Research Affiliates Florence Xiaotao Ran and Yuxin Lin wrote about their CCRC research on corequisite remediation for The Brookings Institution's Brown Center Chalkboard. Their research adds to the consensus that corequisite remediation is much more effective than traditional prerequisite remediation.

February 11, 2022

Legislation Expands Pell Grants but Excludes Online Ed

CCRC Director Tom Brock told Inside Higher Ed that instead of excluding all online programs from an expansion of short-term Pell Grants, Congress should enact quality standards requiring institutions to demonstrate that students get jobs that justify the investment.

February 05, 2022

The US Desperately Needs Skilled Workers. But the Community Colleges That Train Them Are Woefully Underfunded

In a story on the importance of community colleges in workforce training, CCRC Director Tom Brock told CNN Business that he’s concerned about the possibility that a downward funding spiral could hurt community colleges and their students.

January 26, 2022

How Dual Enrollment Varies Across Southern States

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education wrote about a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board on dual enrollment in the region. John Fink, a senior research associate at CCRC, told Diverse that dual enrollment can be an equity lever if used intentionally.

January 20, 2022

Strapped Community Colleges to Receive Additional $198 Million in Aid From Biden Administration

The public radio program Marketplace Morning Report interviewed CCRC Director Tom Brock on additional funding for community colleges from the American Rescue Plan. Brock said he would like to see the funding paired with research into the most effective ways to use the money to support students.