Research Projects

January 2022–January 2027

The Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Northwest, led by WestEd, is creating a toolkit to facilitate the adoption of the recommendations in a practice guide on technology and postsecondary instruction from the Institute of Education Sciences at the Department of Education. In this project, CCRC will evaluate a professional learning component of the toolkit.

July 2021–June 2026

The Postsecondary Teaching with Technology Collaborative works with students, faculty, technology developers, and other researchers to improve our knowledge of how college and university instructors can effectively use technology to help students develop self-directed learning skills in online courses.

June 2022–November 2025

In this project, CCRC and the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program will collaborate with 10 community colleges or districts to improve their students’ post-college outcomes.

June 2019–August 2025

In this project, CCRC will investigate the effects of Federal Work-Study (FWS) at a large, urban, public postsecondary system using a randomized lottery among equally eligible FWS applicants.

August 2021–December 2024

This project will examine community college funding policy and institutional resources allocation in Texas, California, and Ohio.

July 2014–December 2024

CAPR carries out research on innovative approaches to remedial assessment, placement, and instruction in collaboration with social policy research organization MDRC and scholars at Stanford, UC Davis, and Vanderbilt.

July 2021–June 2024

In this mixed-methods project, researchers will describe the support networks and help-seeking preferences and behaviors of first-generation students at four public colleges in California.

September 2021–May 2024

In this project, CCRC will work in Florida and Texas to expand efforts by community colleges and their K-12 partners to extend equity-focused guided pathways practices to dual enrollment students from underserved groups.

January 2022–December 2023

In this two-year project, CCRC will develop additional guidance for state policymakers on how they can support the scaling of dual enrollment equity pathways (DEEP) practices across their states.

October 2019–September 2023

This project will study whether whole-college guided pathways reforms can improve STEM outcomes for underrepresented students and students generally.

September 2020–July 2023

To support colleges' efforts to implement guided pathways reforms, CCRC is developing a set of resources that includes workshop curricula and materials as well as summer data institutes.

July 2019–June 2023

This exploratory study will examine English learners’ experiences in community college; it will focus on institutional policies and practices related to their enrollment and advancement in English as a Second Language and developmental English courses as well as college-level courses and programs likely to impact their academic outcomes.

January 2021–December 2022

In this project, CCRC is using a mixed-methods design to examine how community colleges promote and facilitate enrollment, persistence, and transfer in humanities fields.

December 2019–December 2022

CCRC is evaluating the Caring Campus Initiative, a project designed to create a positive, supportive campus culture and to increase students’ sense of connectedness to the college through the development of student-centered behaviors and activities among faculty and staff.

November 2020–October 2022

This project will address the need for targeted efforts to support Black, Latinx, and low-income students and close achievement gaps.

September 2016–September 2022

CCRC is working with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), and the state’s 23 community and technical colleges to create guided pathways for students to postsecondary credentials and careers.

August 2015–August 2022

Over the course of this three-year project, CCRC will seek to build knowledge and tools that will help practitioners implement effective guided pathways reforms.

July 2019–December 2021

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Task Force on the Work of the Future, CCRC is examining how employers’ adoption of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics is impacting workforce education programs at community colleges, with a focus on programs and practices that offer meaningful opportunities for low income and underrepresented students to advance economically.

January 2020–December 2021

As part of the next frontier of guided pathways work, CCRC and WestEd are studying how community colleges are partnering with local employers, universities, and K-12 schools to build cross-sector educational pathways to good jobs in their communities.

September 2018–August 2021

Led by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, this project seeks to create a new paradigm for college and career readiness in mathematics and in doing so reduce equity gaps and prepare students for success in postsecondary education and a range of occupations.

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