The Mixed Methods Blog

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

A Career in Crafting Change: Elisabeth Barnett Retires After 16 Years With CCRC

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After 16 years with CCRC, Elisabeth Barnett moved toward retirement in 2023. This blog post explores the researcher's early career and time at CCRC.

“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. 

Celebrating the Strengths of First-Generation College Students


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.

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


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.