CCRC in the News

January 24, 2023

‘Great Resigners’ Report Shows Opportunity for Higher Ed

Following mass resignations spurred by the pandemic, new data suggests the workforce is looking for opportunities to expand their skills. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education spoke with CCRC’s Maria Cormier about how colleges might accommodate returning students.

January 23, 2023

Report: Caring Campus Program Tied to Increased Connection for Students and Faculty

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education spoke with CCRC’s Elisabeth Barnett and Selena Cho about findings from their latest report on Caring Campus.

January 18, 2023

Age Matters

Federal enrollment data shows that community colleges gained dual-enrollment students but lost recent high school grads and adult learners at high rates during the first two years of the pandemic. CCRC’s John Fink spoke with Inside Higher Ed on the differences in enrollment patterns among age groups and how colleges might recoup their losses going forward. 


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.

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, Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins, and president and CEO of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change Brad Phillips discussed two frameworks they have developed to remedy the lack of connection many community college students experience early in their college careers: Ask-Connect-Inspire-Plan (ACIP) and Caring Campus.

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.