Research Projects

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.

July 2019–July 2021

The CCRC–City University of New York (CUNY) policy lab will develop broader and more nuanced measures of post-college success; study what factors predict successful transitions from college into the labor force; and identify and evaluate programs and policies that strive to promote successful transitions, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

July 2017–July 2021

In partnership with Education Northwest (EdNW), CCRC tested the usability of Lesson Study among instructors teaching developmental mathematics at three community colleges in Oregon.

March 2012–January 2021

CCRC is assessing the effectiveness of technology-based advising to assist students in choosing careers, programs, and course sequences and helping to develop guidelines for their use.

July 2016–December 2020

CCRC and MDRC are working with colleges in Minnesota and Wisconsin to build and evaluate high-quality multiple measures assessment (MMA) systems.

November 2017–August 2020

CCRC is partnering with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to produce a series of practitioner-oriented research reports and briefs as well as a field guide with associated tools to help practitioners implementing pathways measure the effectiveness and costs of their reforms.

June 2019–November 2020

In this project, CCRC will study the costs of implementing guided pathways at three colleges in Michigan, Texas, and California to determine if the reforms are a sustainable strategy for these institutions in the current business environment.

September 2018–August 2020

This research project is designed to better understand the drivers that can increase equitable access to and success in dual enrollment, early college high schools, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB).

June 2019–July 2020

CCRC is developing two tools to help colleges identify equity gaps at the program level and to reflect on current policies and practices that may be contributing to inequitable outcomes and seek to change them.

January 2017–May 2020

CCRC is assessing the effectiveness of the career guidance strategies two leading Florida community colleges are implementing as part of larger guided pathways reforms they are implementing.

July 2014–March 2020

In partnership with MDRC, CCRC is conducting an evaluation of CUNY Start, a pre-matriculation program designed to help students with substantial needs in basic skills to succeed in college.

January 2018–December 2019

This project examined how humanities and liberal arts coursework influences bachelor's degree completion for students who transfer from community colleges.

November 2016–December 2019

Through this project, CCRC will provide practitioners and policymakers with actionable findings that can be used to plan, implement, and refine developmental English, developmental reading, and ESL reforms and to improve postsecondary literacy outcomes.

May 2016–November 2019

With CCRC, this Achieving the Dream (ATD) project seeks to build institutional capacity to better integrate and engage adjunct faculty in student success initiatives and to understand and address the opportunities and challenges faced by colleges employing part-time faculty.

March 2019–August 2019

CCRC is documenting emerging practices in credit/noncredit workforce education program alignment among a set of 13 community colleges identified by the Capital One Foundation. 

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