The Mixed Methods Blog

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

Aftershocks: How the Pandemic Affected Community College Finances


Four years after the initial COVID-19 outbreak, information showing how funding for community colleges was affected by the pandemic is now available. In this blog post, the authors highlight some overall findings from a newly released Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) dataset.

Help Us Set a Research Agenda on the Role of Community Colleges in the Green Jobs Economy


In April, CCRC will host a half-day symposium to elevate the role community colleges play in addressing climate change and highlight the needs and opportunities for public and private sector coordination in order to help community colleges fulfill their promise in preparing students for the green economy.

“Waiving” Goodbye to Placement Tests for Dual Enrollment in Ohio


Ohio waived testing-based eligibility requirements for some dual enrollment students by introducing the Innovative Program (IP) policy in 2017. A new CCRC working paper examines how the state policy was implemented and whether it resulted in expanded access and improved outcomes for Black and Hispanic students.

New Report Guides States and Systems on Supporting Practitioner Efforts to Strengthen Dual Enrollment


In a new report, CCRC and CHSA provide state leaders with recommendations for improving dual enrollment programming in ways that support practitioners’ efforts. The recommendations are organized into three areas: expanding access, strengthening on-ramps to postsecondary pathways, and building and sustaining strong partnerships. 

Year in Review: A Look Back at CCRC in 2023


After several publications, presentations, and webinars, we find ourselves at the close of 2023. Before we ring in the new year, here’s a look at some of this year’s highlights and the work our colleagues have done to increase access and equity in higher education.