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FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Jill Biden Wants Free Community College For All

First Lady Jill Biden views affordable higher education and training programs as a key to America's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. CCRC Director Thomas Brock told The National Interest that free college policies should not be limited to community colleges and should instead make two years of college affordable for students attending community colleges or four-year institutions, up to a reasonable limit.

FEBRUARY 10, 2021

How to Earn College Credit Through Dual Enrollment

This U.S. News and World Report story describes how dual enrollment programs operate and what opportunities they may offer to high school students. The cost of these programs for students tends to vary by high school, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Elisabeth Barnett said 

FEBRUARY 04, 2021

Don’t Blame Students for Institutional Barriers to Equitable Transfer Success

In this Inside Higher Ed op-ed, CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink argues that community college transfer pathways are key to improving equity in higher education and outlines four institutional roadblocks that regularly impede transfer student success. 

JANUARY 15, 2021

The New College Days: Reflecting On The First Semester Of The 2020-2021 Academic Year

CCRC Director Tom Brock spoke to Connecticut Public Radio about what the state's decision to merge its 12 community colleges into one system means for faculty, students, and staff. He also described how the pandemic has affected community colleges across the country thus far. 

JANUARY 15, 2021

‘It’s Just Too Much’: Why Students Are Abandoning Community Colleges in Droves

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told The Hechinger Report that, rather than creating a whole new set of problems for community colleges, the COVID-19 pandemic has simply accelerated and exacerbated the issues the sector was facing before the crisis began. 

JANUARY 04, 2021

Getting More Students to and Through College: The Story of Developmental Education Reform in North Carolina

This EdNC story details the history of developmental education in North Carolina, including the state's use of corequisite remediation and multiple measures assessment and placement. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Nikki Edgecombe offered her perspective on the data that encouraged leaders in North Carolina to take up developmental education reform.

Edgecombe also contributed to EdNC's stories on corequisite remediation and the future of developmental education in the Tar Heel State.

DECEMBER 22, 2020

How Are Community Colleges Paying for Guided Pathways?

This Higher Ed Dive story describes findings from CCRC's October report that estimated the cost of implementing guided pathways. The report also includes resources for community college leaders who want to develop and sustain plans for funding the reforms. 

DECEMBER 11, 2020

How Two-Year Colleges Can Mitigate Student Enrollment Declines

This Diverse: Issues in Higher Education story contextualizes the drop in community college enrollment in the midst of the pandemic. CCRC Director Thomas Brock explains why this loss of learners matters not only for institutions but also for individual students and families. 

DECEMBER 10, 2020

Low-Income Community College Students Most Likely to Cancel Plans

In a November blog post, CCRC Research Affiliate Clive Belfield and CCRC Director Thomas Brock used Census data to examine why students decided not to enroll in community colleges this fall. This Inside Higher Ed story explains what they found. 

DECEMBER 08, 2020

How the Pandemic Worsened—and Highlighted—Community Colleges’ Chronic Challenges

This Chronicle of Higher Education story contextualizes community colleges' pandemic enrollment woes. Many institutions were surprised to see enrollment drop so sharply this fall because they have historically struggled to track their students, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins said.