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APRIL 29, 2021

Biden’s Plans to Expand Free Education may be new for America. But in Other Countries, They’re the Norm.

During his April 28 speech, President Biden said his proposal to expand access to free community college will help the United States compete with the rest of the world. CCRC Director Thomas Brock told The Washington Post that America's community colleges are difficult to compare to other countries' higher education systems, though similarities can be drawn to Canada, Australia, and Britain, where financial aid is also used to offset high tuition.

APRIL 23, 2021

Would Offering More Associate Degrees at Technical Schools Hurt Wisconsin's 2-year Colleges?

The Wisconsin legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state's technical colleges to offer more associate degree programs. CCRC Senior Research Associate Maria Cormier told Higher Ed Dive that increasing access to two-year degrees could help meet the demand for lifelong learning opportunities.  

APRIL 22, 2021

NCCC in Winsted Selected to Attend Research Center’s Institute

Northwestern Connecticut Community College will join CCRC's summer institute on guided pathways. NCCC's local paper, The Litchfield County Times, celebrated the college's selection to the program. 

APRIL 18, 2021

LI Community Colleges See Marked Declines in Enrollment

Community college enrollment has been decreasing on Long Island for the last decade, and the pandemic accelerated the trend. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Newsday that the declines are not only a reflection of COVID-19, but also the importance of a four-year degree in communities like the New York City suburbs.

APRIL 16, 2021

25% of Students Postponed College During Covid, Some Indefinitely

CCRC Director Thomas Brock discussed the alarming dip in community college enrollment, particularly among subpopulations of students including Black men, with CNBC. Because students can register for community college classes up until the semester begins, fall enrollment numbers will remain unclear for several more months.  

APRIL 15, 2021

The Student Debt Crisis Is Crushing Black Americans. Here's How Loan Forgiveness Could Help

Black Americans on average owe about 50% more in student debt after they graduate than their white peers, prompting some to calls for debt cancellation as an anti-racist policy. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton told USA Today that the focus should be on helping students with the lowest levels of loan debt first because they often struggle the most to pay them off. 

APRIL 12, 2021

Transfer Enrollment Drops

Although the number of students transferring from two- to four-year colleges went up this spring, transfer enrollment is down overall and across community colleges in particular. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink told Inside Higher Ed he is not surprised by the trend, because bachelor's degrees are increasingly seen as offering the most secure path to a stable, resilient job. 

APRIL 06, 2021

Community College: How Education’s ‘Best-Kept Secret’ Stays Afloat

In the midst of pandemic-related enrollment declines, community colleges across the country have innovated to better serve and retain students. In this Christian Science Monitor story, CCRC Director Thomas Brock explains how important the sector is to students' and communities' short- and long-term economic prospects. 

APRIL 01, 2021

Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Advance Equitable Transfer

In this Inside Higher Ed op-ed, CCRC's John Fink and Davis Jenkins argue that colleges should utilize dual enrollment programs to expand college access and offer underserved students an on-ramp to postsecondary education. 

MARCH 31, 2021

Biden Pitches $12B for Community College Infrastructure

President Biden's proposed $2 trillion infrastructure package includes $12 billion for states to upgrade community college facilities and technology. CCRC Director Tom Brock told Higher Ed Dive that the proposal likely meets or exceeds community college officials' expectations and emphasized that campuses need more funding for instruction and student supports.