CCRC in the News

May 23, 2023

Community Colleges Up, Four-Year Schools Down in Latest Enrollment Data

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education spoke with Tom Brock about recent community college enrollment trends, which point to an increase in 18-24 year-old students. Brock expressed concern about the lack of enrollment growth for older learners.

May 22, 2023

How Success Coaches ‘Dig a Little Deeper’ to Anticipate and Tackle Dallas College Students

Success coaches, a more hands-on approach to advising, are Dallas College’s latest effort to demystify the process of obtaining a degree and help its students overcome obstacles along the way.

May 12, 2023

Grasping for a Foothold on the Enrollment Cliff

Nikki Edgecombe noted to Inside Higher Ed that enrollments at two-year institutions were up by 13.5 percent this spring, driven in large part by a 12.8 percent increase in dually enrolled high school students.


April 28, 2023

Research to Inform Stronger Adult Education ESL Policy and Practice

In this guest blog, Drs. Nikki Edgecombe and George Bunch discuss their IES study focused on identifying the policies and practices that support multilingual learners (MLs) in community colleges, as well as the important role of adult education English as a Second Language.

January 09, 2023

Students: Just Say No to Remedial Classes

In an op-ed featured in Inside Higher Ed, CCRC’s Maggie P. Fay says community college students should stand up and refuse remedial course placements.

December 02, 2022

Five Strategies to Reform Developmental Ed

In an op-ed for Community College Daily, CCRC’s Senior Researcher Susan Bickerstaff, along with Erika Lewy and Katie Beal of MDRC, discussed their recent CAPR report in which they synthesize a decade of research on developmental education and distill it into five evidence-based principles that institutions can use to guide developmental reform efforts.

Press Releases

February 02, 2023

The Aspen Institute and the Community College Research Center Name the Ten Colleges Selected for “Unlocking Opportunity” Initiative

A national network of 10 exceptional community colleges commits to ensuring that every student can earn a bachelor’s degree or a high-quality workforce credential.

July 06, 2021

New Research Center Aims to Address Inequities in Online Learning in College

The U.S Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has awarded $10 million to SRI Education and CCRC to partner with Achieving the Dream and a group of nine broad-access colleges to study how educational technology and instructional strategies can bolster students’ skills for managing their own learning.

May 26, 2021

How Community Colleges Can Bring Black, Hispanic, and Native American Adults Back to Campus and Help Them Earn Valuable Credentials

In a new set of studies, the Community College Research Center explores what states and community colleges can do to address the needs of racially minoritized adult learners who want to return to college to retrain for a new job, pursue a better job, or earn more money—especially in light of job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.