The Mixed Methods Blog

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

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.

How Will COVID-19 Affect Community College Enrollment? Looking to the Great Recession for Clues

How Will COVID-19 Affect Community College Enrollment? Looking to the Great Recession for Clues

Based on observations following the last major disruption to community colleges, Davis Jenkins and John Fink explore how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect enrollment trends across three groups of students: students aged 25 and over, students aged 18–24, and dual enrollment students.

Shifting Sectors: How a Commonly Used Federal Datapoint Undercounts Over a Million Community College Students

Shifting Sectors: How a Commonly Used Federal Datapoint Undercounts Over a Million Community College Students

The IPEDS definition of public-two year colleges no longer fits the community college sector and its students, making it more challenging for policy research to provide an accurate statistical picture of these institutions. In this blog post, John Fink and Davis Jenkins describe CCRC's alternative definition.