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CCRC in the News

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Columbia May Look Whiter and Wealthier Next Year. Here’s Why.

COVID-19 has forced college recruiting to go virtual, which may hurt low-income and non-white students who not only belong to demographics disproportionately harmed by the pandemic but also have less frequent access to reliable technology. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told the Columbia Spectator that in order to be agents of social mobility, elite institutions like Columbia need to deliberately invest in recruiting diverse students and begin connecting with them earlier in their high school careers. 

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

What Biden Administration Can Do To Help Americans Pay Off Student Loans

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton spoke to NPR about the broader economic consequences of student debt. A startling percentage of borrowers who default on their student loans have lower amounts of debt and never finished a degree.

NOVEMBER 22, 2020

Tumbling Community-College Enrollment Highlights Pandemic’s Broad Impact

CCRC Director Thomas Brock told The Wall Street Journal that, in hindsight, the drops in community college enrollment are not particularly surprising, considering the pandemic's outsized effect on non-white and lower-income Americans. Typically, community college enrollment increases when there is an economic downturn, as people return to school to reskill; that has not been the case this fall.  

NOVEMBER 19, 2020

Here’s How Delaying College May Impact Your Future Earnings

CCRC Research Affiliate Yuxin Lin told CNBC that though most students who take gap years do so out of economic necessity, delaying college can result in significant earnings losses over the course of the student's career.

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Clarke University Partners With All State Community Colleges

Clarke University—a small, private university in Iowa—partnered with the state's community colleges to create transfer pathways for students in several degree programs, Inside Higher Ed reports. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink applauded the partnership, which offers transfer students scholarships and guarantees associate degree holders enter with junior standing. 

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.