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NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Elite Colleges Compete for Transfer Students

Selective four-year colleges are reaching out to prospective community college transfer students in an effort to counteract dipping enrollment, Community College Daily reports. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink acknowledged that competition spurs poaching and said it's important for colleges to ensure transfer students are supported to earn a bachelor's degree once they change institutions.

NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Chuck Schumer Says Biden Could Forgive $50,000 in Student Debt With Executive Order

President-elect Joe Biden proposed a program that would provide $10,000 of student debt relief for every year of national or community service, up to five years. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton told NBC that prioritizing student debt is a "no-brainer." 

NOVEMBER 04, 2020

Pathways Are Worth the Cost

This Community College Daily story summarizes CCRC's latest guided pathways reports, which estimate the cost of the reforms and offers guidance for how to fund and sustain them.

OCTOBER 28, 2020

As Community College Enrollment Dips Nationwide, CCV Numbers Hold Steady

Bucking national trends, enrollment at the Community College of Vermont has stayed near its pre-pandemic levels this semester. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told VT Digger that the college's relatively high tuition rate may have been a factor because students were already used to paying more to attend classes. 

OCTOBER 27, 2020

Transfer Enrollment Declines

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Insider Higher Ed he's not particularly surprised that new data indicate transfer enrollment is down 4.7% compared to last fall. Enrollment across higher education and at community colleges, in particular, has decreased during the pandemic. 

  • CCRC Director Tom Brock spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about the decline in transfer enrollments and noted that he is concerned the dip in students will lead to a drop in funding for community colleges. 
OCTOBER 26, 2020

Through the Looking Glass

In this Inside Higher Ed essay, CCRC Research Associate Maggie Fay explains how developmental education undermines the ability of students from disadvantaged backgrounds to advance and succeed in higher education, despite their enthusiasm and effort. 

OCTOBER 23, 2020

‘This Could be Huge’—Economists Weigh In on Biden’s Proposal to Forgive $10,000 in Student Debt in Exchange for Public Service

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released a program proposal that would wipe out up a significant amount of student debt for each year of national or community service, up to five years. In this CNBC story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton praised the idea as a "no-brainer" but cautioned that the program should avoid creating too many hoops for borrowers to jump through to receive relief. 

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Students Who Counted on Work-Study Jobs Now Struggle to Pay Their Bills

This Washington Post story describes how students who typically rely on work-study jobs to cover expenses are struggling to make ends meet in the midst of virtual instruction. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton weighed in, noting that, beyond wages, on-campus jobs often represent a key part of students' college experience. 

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Recessions Are Usually Good For Community Colleges. Not This Time

In this WGBH story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins explains how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting low-income students and students of color. Community colleges across the country have seen enrollment declines during the pandemic. 

OCTOBER 21, 2020

Multiple Measures Lead to Better Outcomes

This Community College Daily story describes findings from CAPR's latest report on multiple measures assessment and placement. CCRC's Elisabeth Barnett, who is a member of CAPR's senior research staff, said the impact findings suggest "colleges [should] default to placing students into college-level courses when they’re on the fence about whether or not they’re ready.”