Research Projects

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.

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.

October 2019–September 2023

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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).

May 2005–January 2006

CCRC reviewed state policies supporting the College and Career Transitions Initiative, which aimed to strengthen partnerships between high schools, community colleges, and local labor markets.

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 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.

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.

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.

January 2017–May 2019

CCRC is conducting research on the implementation of the CUNY ASAP scale-up at Bronx Community College, using data gathered from interviews and discussions with students, administrators, and faculty to inform and refine the implementation process in real time.

September 2016–April 2019

CCRC is conducting a formative evaluation of the Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) focusing on the state-level and institutional-level conditions necessary to scale math pathways across colleges.

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 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.

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.

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.

May 2016–July 2018

CCRC is working with NAF to conduct research on NAF students’ postsecondary outcomes as well as students’ experiences in the transition from high school to college.

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