CCRC in the News

March 17, 2023

After a Decade of Growth, Degree Earners Decline

For the first time since 2012, the number of undergraduate degree earners fell, leaving many to wonder whether the declining numbers signal a bump in the road caused by the pandemic or a lasting change in the higher education landscape.

March 11, 2023

Upward Transfer System Is Failing Black Students

New data released by National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows transfers from two-year community colleges to four-year colleges and universities declined by almost 8% between fall 2021 and fall 2022.

March 10, 2023

New Research Shows Benefits of Summer Pell

A new study led by Vivian Yuen Ting Liu shows that students who received summer Pell were more likely to stay in school, get a degree, and earn more money nine years later.


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

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.