June 01, 2021

How Community Colleges Are Retooling to Raise Enrollment

Community colleges across the country are using creative strategies to bring students back and counteract pandemic-induced enrollment declines. CCRC Director Tom Brock told PBS NewsHour that boosting community college enrollment—especially in certain workforce programs—is crucial for the U.S. economy.

May 26, 2021

New Report Highlights Adult Learners of Color

Inside Higher Ed described findings from CCRC's new report on how colleges and states can support racially minoritized adult learners who are pursuing postsecondary education as a path to reemployment, better jobs, and higher incomes. Community College Daily also wrote about the publication.

May 21, 2021

Madison College Is Letting Students Try Before They Buy

To reduce financial risk for students and boost enrollment, a Wisconsin college is offering learners the chance to test out classes for free before they decide to enroll. CCRC's Hana Lahr told Higher Ed Dive that in order to get students to commit after the trial, the college should make it clear how the classes can help them meet their goals.

May 17, 2021

Community Colleges Are Innovators. A New Effort Aims to Share Their Insights.

This EdSurge story describes the Community College Research-Practice-Policy Exchange, which CCRC is proud to be a part of. The initiative will develop a practitioner-defined national community college research agenda and disseminate research findings throughout the country.

May 03, 2021

How Colleges Can Ensure This Year's High School Graduates Aren't Left Behind

Community colleges across the country are experimenting with ways to rebound from pandemic-related enrollment slides. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Higher Ed Dive that in order to bring students back into the classroom, colleges must make it clear that their programs will lead to a good job or a bachelor's degree.

April 29, 2021

Biden’s Plan to Make Community College Tuition Free Could Help NW Students, Local Administrators Say

President Biden's call for free community college is an acknowledgment that workers need a postsecondary credential to meaningfully participate in the economy, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Union-Bulletin.

April 29, 2021

Biden’s Plans to Expand Free Education May Be New for America. But in Other Countries, They’re the Norm.

During his April 28 speech, President Biden said his proposal to expand access to free community college will help the United States compete with the rest of the world. CCRC Director Thomas Brock told The Washington Post that America's community colleges are difficult to compare to other countries' higher education systems, though similarities can be drawn to higher education in Canada, Australia, and Britain, where financial aid is also used to offset high tuition.

April 23, 2021

Would Offering More Associate Degrees at Technical Schools Hurt Wisconsin's 2-Year Colleges?

The Wisconsin legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state's technical colleges to offer more associate degree programs. CCRC Senior Research Associate Maria Cormier told Higher Ed Dive that increasing access to two-year degrees could help meet the demand for lifelong learning opportunities.

April 22, 2021

NCCC in Winsted Selected to Attend Research Center’s Institute

Northwestern Connecticut Community College will join CCRC's summer institute on guided pathways. NCCC's local paper, The Litchfield County Times, celebrated the college's selection to the program.

April 18, 2021

LI Community Colleges See Marked Declines in Enrollment

Community college enrollment has been decreasing on Long Island for the last decade, and the pandemic accelerated the trend. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins told Newsday that the declines are a reflection not only of COVID-19 but also of the importance of a four-year degree in communities like the New York City suburbs.