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.

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.

December 14, 2021

Why Information Alone Is Not Enough to Improve Higher Education Outcomes

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton co-wrote an article for Brookings' Brown Center Chalkboard arguing that it's not enough for the government to simply provide students with information about college outcomes. Elected officials have a responsibility to identify, sanction, and possibly close institutions that students shouldn't go to.

October 28, 2021

Biden’s Free Community College Plan Is Dead. But There Are Other Ways for Congress to Help Students

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey and CCRC Director Thomas Brock wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about why modest federal investment would go a long way toward enabling community college students to complete their studies and enter the workforce.

August 29, 2021

What's Working at Michigan Colleges in Remedial Education

This package of stories from Crain's Detroit Business describes how colleges in Southeast Michigan are changing their approaches to developmental education to improve student outcomes. In an op-ed, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Nikki Edgecombe argued that institutions must update their understanding of "college readiness" and expand immediate access to college-level mathematics and English courses. Meanwhile, CCRC Affiliate James Jacobs wrote that developmental education reform will improve graduation rates.

July 29, 2021

The Transfer ‘Reset’

In Inside Higher Ed, the Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board argues that the transfer system is fundamentally flawed and offers a set of recommendations for "resetting" transfer to meet the needs of today’s learners. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink is a member of the advisory board.

May 26, 2021

Rethinking Community College Workforce Programs

In Inside Higher Ed, CCRC Research Affiliate Jim Jacobs argues that community colleges need to consider whether their workforce development programs are helping or hurting their equity missions. He explains how four components of successful workforce programs could be reimagined to support learners from diverse backgrounds.