The Mixed Methods Blog

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

From Research to Action: Jim Jacobs Retires After More Than 25 Years With CCRC


Jim Jacobs, CCRC’s former associate director and member of the CCRC Advisory Board, has contributed to several CCRC projects on workforce education, bringing expertise he developed working on industrial development and adult education programs at Macomb Community College. As Jacobs enters retirement, CCRC reflects on his career and contributions to the field.

What is the Role of Community Colleges in Healthcare Training?


To better understand the role that community colleges play in training healthcare workers, CCRC analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)  to describe the availability of health-related programs—including nursing, allied health, and public health—and the number and characteristics of students who completed credentials in those programs. Maria Cormier breaks down what the data suggests about community college healthcare programs.

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.

How South Puget Sound Community College Made Its Selective Nursing Program More Diverse While Making Its Students More Successful


In this blog post, Dean of Allied Health & Nursing Marriya Wright explains how South Puget Sound Community College's shift to admission criteria based on course grades led to huge increases in diversity and student success.

Students’ Perspectives on Apprenticeships and Workforce Education


In this blog post, CCRC Research Assistant Tucker Reyes shares insights gleaned from his master's research into how workforce programs can help socioeconomically disadvantaged students achieve their career goals.