CCRC in the News

November 29, 2022

A Campaign Fosters Faster Routes to Degrees

According to data from Complete College America, only 5% of full-time community college students nationwide graduate in two years; as Inside Higher Ed reports, some institutions, like Camden County College, are addressing this by implementing a "15 to Finish" campaign, which encourages students to take 15 credits per semester rather than the minimum of 12. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins commented on the issue of student momentum: "Colleges are hemorrhaging these students. And they’re wasting talent. It’s an equity issue. It’s a workforce issue."

November 22, 2022

Can High Schoolers Save the Community College?

CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink spoke to Inside Higher Ed about dual enrollment's complex role in the future of community colleges: "Colleges are not bringing in additional revenue [from dual enrollment]; most are just breaking even. A big part of making this sustainable is increasing the number of students who are coming back to that college after high school."

November 18, 2022

Turning an Economic Eye on Education

Michigan Today wrote about CCRC Senior Research Scholar Jordan Matsudaira's ongoing tenure as the inaugural chief economist for the U.S. Department of Education. 


November 22, 2022

Engage New Students Early or Lose Them: Here’s How to Do It

In an op-ed for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, CCRC Senior Research Associate and Director of Applied Learning Hana Lahr and Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins discuss two evidence-based frameworks they developed with Dr. Brad C. Phillips to remedy the lack of connection many community college students experience early in their college careers: Caring Campus and Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan (ACIP). 

May 11, 2022

Clarifying the Terrain of Credentials

In Community College Daily, CCRC Affiliate Jim Jacobs reviewed Credentials: Understand the problems. Identify the opportunities. Create the solutions. by Paul L. Gaston and Michelle Van Noy. He wrote that the book aids in distinguishing among types of credentials and helps unwrap the critical issues associated with them.

February 16, 2022

College Now, Reimagined: Adams and Banks Should Bolster a Program That Lets High School Kids Earn College Credit

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey and CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins argued in an op-ed in the New York Daily News that dual enrollment could help NYC schools and the City University of New York recover from pandemic challenges.

Press Releases

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.

June 19, 2019

The Liberal Arts in Decline? Not When You Count Community Colleges

Despite fears that the liberal arts are on the ropes, humanities and liberal arts education is not in decline in public colleges in the United States, according to a new analysis from the Community College Research Center.