The Mixed Methods Blog

Perspectives from our researchers, highlights from recent studies, and other news about CCRC

James Jacobs is the president emeritus of Macomb Community College and a research affiliate at CCRC.

A Student-Centered Vision for Workplace Development


While community college practice has changed considerably in recent decades, workforce and economic development programs remain stagnant. Jim Jacobs reflects on how community colleges might update the way they work with employers to ensure equity remains a central goal of workforce programs.

Prior Learning Assessment: A Key Piece of the Credit-Noncredit Discussion

Adult students work together in class

To boost adult enrollment and credential attainment, community colleges must make it easier for students to secure college credit for their previous work experience. 

Rethinking Community College Workforce Programs


In this essay, Jim Jacobs argues that community colleges need to consider whether their workforce development programs are helping or hurting their equity missions.

Fixes for Short-Term Pell


In this essay for Inside Higher Ed, CCRC Research Affiliate James Jacobs describes three potential unintended consequences of allowing students to apply Pell funds to short-term training programs.

How Guided Pathways Can Reform Career and Technical Education

How Guided Pathways Can Reform Career and Technical Education

James Jacobs discusses how strengthening the relationship between guided pathways reforms and career-technical education can improve both, as colleges refocus their programs on skills that are valued in the current job market.