The Mixed Methods Blog

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

New Federal Transfer Data: Which Colleges Are Serving Community College Transfers Best?

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The U.S. Department of Education recently released data on community college student transfer and outcomes. What do the data reveal about how well colleges and universities are serving community college transfer students? This post highlights three major takeaways from the data.

Introducing DEEP: A Research-Based Framework for Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment

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A new approach to dual enrollment encourages community colleges to partner with middle and high schools to motivate and prepare underserved students to pursue a postsecondary degree in a field of interest directly after high school.

Why Has Community College Enrollment Declined and What Can We Do About It?

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Recent data suggest that students are returning to community colleges, though total numbers are well below pre-pandemic levels. Davis Jenkins explores the causes of enrollment declines in recent decades and examines ways colleges can build on successful reforms to improve student outcomes.

How Can Community Colleges Afford to Offer Dual Enrollment College Courses to High School Students at a Discount?

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Many community colleges offer dual enrollment courses at a lower tuition rate than is paid by post-high school students. But—as dual enrollment students have come to comprise a larger share of community college enrollments—can colleges afford to continue offering these courses at a discount? Clive Belfield, Davis Jenkins, and John Fink consider how community colleges can structure their programs to be more efficient and financially sustainable.

More Clues From the Great Recession: How Will COVID-19 Affect Community College Funding?

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In the latest installment of our COVID-19 blog series, Davis Jenkins, John Fink, and Thomas Brock use Great Recession-era data as a potential blueprint for how community college funding may shift moving forward.