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National Center for Postsecondary Research

July 2006−June 2012


The National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR) was a partnership that included the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, MDRC, the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and faculty at Harvard University. NCPR conducted studies that measured the effectiveness of programs designed to help students make the transition to college and master the basic skills needed to advance to a degree. For more information, visit

This project was funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.


The Common Core State Standards: Implications for Community Colleges and Student Preparedness for College (An NCPR Working Paper)
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Preparing Students for College Learning and Work: Investigating the Capstone Course Component of Virginia's College and Career Readiness Initiative (An NCPR Working Paper)
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JULY 2012
Bridging College and Careers: Using Dual Enrollment to Enhance Career and Technical Education Pathways (NCPR Working Paper)
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Preparing High School Students for College: An Exploratory Study of College Readiness Partnership Programs in Texas
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JULY 2013
Implications of the CCSS for Placement and General Education
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MARCH 2013
Virginia's Capstone Courses: Preparing Secondary Students for College and Work
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Project Lead

Katherine L. Hughes