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A new CCRC study finds there are educational and employment benefits for students who are primarily enrolled in four-year colleges but take some courses at two-year institutions.

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Since the pandemic began, CCRC has considered COVID-19's implications for community colleges. Here, you'll find a roundup of our coronavirus-related blog posts and media mentions.

In this blog post, experts offer ideas for keeping staff and students engaged and feeling supported while everyone is remote.

Anti-Racist Policy Should Include Adequate, Equitable Community College Funding

Budgets signal who and what a society values. To that end, anti-racist higher education policies should allocate greater financial resources to community colleges.

Here, researchers use Great Recession-era data as a potential blueprint for how community college funding may shift moving forward.

Davis Jenkins and John Fink look to the Great Recession for clues on how the pandemic will affect students in three age groups.

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Latest Research Findings

Do Differential Grading Standards Across Fields Matter for Major Choice? Evidence From a Policy Change in Florida
August 2020
Do Differential Grading Standards Across Fields Matter for Major Choice? Evidence From a Policy Change in Florida

Using administrative data from Florida, this article examines the effect of changing the grading scale from whole-letter grades to plus/minus grades on STEM major choice.

How Did Six Community Colleges Design Supports for Part-Time Faculty? A Report on Achieving the Dream's Engaging Adjuncts Project
July 2020
How Did Six Community Colleges Design Supports for Part-Time Faculty? A Report on Achieving the Dream's Engaging Adjuncts Project

This report describes findings from a study of a two-year initiative led by Achieving the Dream to develop and implement strategies to support adjunct faculty in improving student outcomes.

Does Taking a Few Courses at a Community College Improve the Baccalaureate, STEM, and Labor Market Outcomes of Four-Year College Students?
July 2020
Does Taking a Few Courses at a Community College Improve the Baccalaureate, STEM, and Labor Market Outcomes of Four-Year College Students?

Using data from the Education Longitudinal Study and a propensity score matching approach, this paper compares outcomes of four-year college students who earned either 1–10 credits or no credits at a community college.

Unpacking Program Enrollments and Completions With Equity in Mind
June 2020
Unpacking Program Enrollments and Completions With Equity in Mind

This guide presents a set of example data analyses colleges can replicate to examine whether underserved groups of students are equitably represented in programs that lead to higher opportunity outcomes for employment and/or baccalaureate transfer.

New on CCRC's Mixed Methods Blog

August 10, 2020

The next COVID-19 federal relief bill should more fairly distribute aid to community colleges, which educate a significant number of students belonging to communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

July 20, 2020

The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education awarded CCRC two major grants to train doctoral students in applied postsecondary research and to evaluate the impact of the Federal Work-Study program on student outcomes. 

July 14, 2020

A new CCRC study finds that students who are primarily enrolled in four-year colleges but take some courses at two-year institutions benefit from doing so. Here, Maggie Fay and Vivian Yuen Ting Liu explain and contextualize the results of the study.  

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