December 14, 2021

Why Information Alone Is Not Enough to Improve Higher Education Outcomes

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Judith Scott-Clayton co-wrote an article for Brookings' Brown Center Chalkboard arguing that it's not enough for the government to simply provide students with information about college outcomes. Elected officials have a responsibility to identify, sanction, and possibly close institutions that students shouldn't go to.

October 28, 2021

Biden’s Free Community College Plan Is Dead. But There Are Other Ways for Congress to Help Students

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey and CCRC Director Thomas Brock wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about why modest federal investment would go a long way toward enabling community college students to complete their studies and enter the workforce.

August 29, 2021

What's Working at Michigan Colleges in Remedial Education

This package of stories from Crain's Detroit Business describes how colleges in Southeast Michigan are changing their approaches to developmental education to improve student outcomes. In an op-ed, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Nikki Edgecombe argued that institutions must update their understanding of "college readiness" and expand immediate access to college-level mathematics and English courses. Meanwhile, CCRC Affiliate James Jacobs wrote that developmental education reform will improve graduation rates.

July 29, 2021

The Transfer ‘Reset’

In Inside Higher Ed, the Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board argues that the transfer system is fundamentally flawed and offers a set of recommendations for "resetting" transfer to meet the needs of today’s learners. CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink is a member of the advisory board.

May 26, 2021

Rethinking Community College Workforce Programs

In Inside Higher Ed, CCRC Research Affiliate Jim Jacobs argues that community colleges need to consider whether their workforce development programs are helping or hurting their equity missions. He explains how four components of successful workforce programs could be reimagined to support learners from diverse backgrounds.

May 17, 2021

Taking Collective Ownership Over Improving Student Learning Using Lesson Study

CCRC Senior Research Associate and Program Lead Susan Bickerstaff wrote a blog post for the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges about Lesson Study, a professional development opportunity that provides a framework for faculty to take collective ownership over examining and improving student learning.

April 01, 2021

Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Advance Equitable Transfer

In Inside Higher Ed, CCRC's John Fink and Davis Jenkins argue that colleges should utilize dual enrollment programs to expand college access and offer underserved students an on-ramp to postsecondary education.

February 04, 2021

Don’t Blame Students for Institutional Barriers to Equitable Transfer Success

In Inside Higher Ed, CCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink argues that community college transfer pathways are key to improving equity in higher education and outlines four institutional roadblocks that regularly impede transfer student success.

October 26, 2020

Through the Looking Glass

In Inside Higher Ed, CCRC Research Associate Maggie Fay explains how developmental education undermines the ability of students from disadvantaged backgrounds to advance and succeed in higher education, despite their enthusiasm and effort.

May 28, 2020

Workforce Development and an Opportunity for Change

In Inside Higher Ed, CCRC's Jim Jacobs and Maria Cormier explain that community colleges will need to respond to budget cuts, a pivot to online instruction, and evolving industry and skill needs to ensure their workforce development programs remain relevant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.