Teachers College, Columbia University

All Publications

MARCH 2019

The Evolving Mission of Workforce Development in the Community College

This paper describes how community colleges became major resources for the nation's workforce development requirements and discusses the ways this role continues to evolve to meet the needs of students, employers, and local communities. The paper concludes with a description of major trends that will inform the future of workforce development in the American community college.


Demographic and Academic Characteristics of Pell Grant Recipients at Community Colleges

Findings from this paper suggest that while Pell recipients at community colleges have a stronger academic focus than non-Pell recipients, they may be taking more time to complete a credential than is prudent.

MARCH 2012

Employer Perceptions of Associate Degrees in Local Labor Markets: A Case Study of the Employment of Information Technology Technicians in Detroit and Seattle

Based on fieldwork in two distinct labor markets, this paper compares how associate and bachelor's degrees are perceived by employers seeking to hire IT technicians.

JUNE 2009

The Outlook for Noncredit Workforce Education

Drawing on a national review of state policies and case studies of 20 community colleges, this article examines trends in noncredit courses connected with workforce instruction and contract training.

APRIL 2009

The Landscape of Noncredit Workforce Education: State Policies and Community College Practices

This report provides detailed findings on state policies and community college practice from CCRC's study of community college noncredit workforce education.

JUNE 2008

From Compliance to Capacity Building: Community Colleges and Federal Workforce Education Policy

In this paper, the author argues for a new paradigm in federal workforce education policy, one that privileges capacity-building over compliance.

JUNE 2008

Shifting Gears: Community Colleges and Adult Basic Education

This paper explores some of the barriers adult basic education students face in obtaining postsecondary credentials, and how changes in federal policy can improve ABE outcomes.


ATE Regional Centers: CCRC Final Report

This paper analyzes how effective ATE regional centers, which work with community colleges and businesses in a single region to improve technical education, have been in meeting their goals.


The Uncertain Future of the Community College Workforce Development Mission

This article explores the evolution of the workforce development role of the community college, its interactions with other missions of the college, and the current crisis facing workforce development.


Income Equity and Workforce Development: Balancing the Earnings Scale

This article calls for community colleges, on behalf of their students, to join the national discussion of how income and wealth are created.


The Community College as a Nexus for Workforce Transitions: A Critical Essay

This article examines horizontal and vertical workforce transitions and how a global economy and the need to train new subpopulations of future workers will cause community colleges to approach their roles in workforce training differently.

APRIL 2004

Institutionalization and Sustainability of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program

This report examines the ability of the ATE projects and centers to have a significant and permanent influence on the host colleges and on the system of STEM education in general.


Outsourcing of Instruction at Community Colleges

This report presents the findings of exploratory research designed to identify the characteristics of the outsourcing of instruction at community colleges and the forces that promote or block its spread.

APRIL 2003

Community Colleges and the Equity Agenda: What the Record Shows

This paper discusses the economic returns to education for African American and Hispanic students and the performance of community colleges in increasing college access for ethnic minority students.

MARCH 2003

Implementing the "Education Consensus": The Federal Role in Supporting Vocational-Technical Education

This report, commissioned by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, examines the rationale for federal involvement in occupational education.

MARCH 2002

Workforce Development in the Information Economy

This book chapter discusses changing labor demands in the information economy and how workforce development at community colleges can meet those demands.

MARCH 2001

Community Colleges and the Workforce Investment Act: Promises and Problems of the New Vocationalism

This article in New Directions for Community Colleges discusses the Workforce Investment Act and its impact on workforce development at community colleges.


What Is the Future for Postsecondary Occupational Education?

This article discusses how postsecondary occupational education must become more responsive to contemporary labor market needs through redesigning workforce development.