The Mixed Methods Blog

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

Celebrating the Strengths of First-Generation College Students

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In celebration of first-generation students, Hoori Kalamkarian and Melissa Herman share findings from a recent CCRC-led study on first-generation college students’ support networks and how those relationships shape their college journeys.

Student Perspectives on What Makes a Caring Campus: A Little Goes a Long Way

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What do students consider important for creating a sense of welcome and belonging at college? Susan Bickerstaff, Selena Cho, Elisabeth A. Barnett, and Andrea Lopez Salazar spoke with students and found that relatively simple actions by faculty and staff can make a big difference.

Webinar on Improving Equity Features CCRC Experts, Queensborough Community College Leaders

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In the webinar Helping Black, Latinx, and Limited-Income Students at High-Performing iPASS Colleges: An Exploration of Support Practices, which took place September 20, 2022, CCRC Senior Research Associate Hoori Santikian Kalamkarian and Research Associate Andrea Lopez Salazar discussed their research at five colleges with some improvements in outcomes among these student groups. 

First-Generation College Students’ Personal Networks and Their Influence on the Use of Student Supports

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Much is unknown about the nature of first-generation students' personal networks, but a new CCRC study is changing that. CCRC Senior Research Assistant and PEAR Fellow Melissa Herman and Senior Research Associate Hoori Santikian Kalamkarian discuss the impetus for the study and share some preliminary findings in this blog post.

Three Colleges and a Pandemic: One Student's Road to a Bachelor's Degree

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Looking back at transferring during the pandemic, CCRC intern Nabiha Sheikh discusses her college journey, and CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink explains how the transfer process can be improved.