This set of policy briefs and fact sheets is intended to inform the work of advocates and policymakers, particularly at the federal level, as they craft policies on rebuilding the workforce, supporting community colleges, improving graduation and transfer rates, addressing student debt, and more.
Investing in Student Success at Community Colleges: Lessons from Research on Guided Pathways
This brief discusses why whole-college, guided pathways reforms hold promise for improving student success on a large scale, what they cost, and how the federal government can support their adoption.
Strengthening Community College Workforce Training
This brief describes the substantial role community colleges play in workforce education, what innovative colleges are doing to improve programming and labor market outcomes for participants, and how the federal government can support these efforts.
An Introduction to Community Colleges and Their Students
A short primer on the multiple missions of these institutions, what kinds of students they enroll, what outcomes they produce, and some of the major issues they face
Participation in Federal Work-Study
How the program works, its effects on academic and labor market outcomes, and why so few community college students receive Federal Work-Study aid.
Community College Transfer
Challenges in supporting successful student transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions and considerations for improving the transfer process.
Public Funding of Community Colleges
Revenue streams for community colleges, disparity in resources relative to public four-year colleges, and federal spending, including COVID-19 relief funding.
Community Colleges and Student Debt
The rate of borrowing among students in different sectors, how community college students can benefit from access to loans, and the wide disparities in default by race and income.
How traditional developmental education may have unintended consequences for students and the growing body of research evidence on promising reforms.
Advising and Student Supports at Community Colleges
The importance of academic and nonacademic services, particularly for underserved students, and how students that receive targeted, intensive support experience improved outcomes.
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