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CCRC in the News

APRIL 15, 2020

College Costs May Be a Top Concern Amid COVID-19 Economic Crash, But Here’s Why Picking a Cheaper School Now May Actually Leave Students Worse Off

This article in The 74 describes CCRC Research Affiliate Shanna Smith Jaggars' new paper on the unintended consequences of diverting students who could succeed at the four-year level to community colleges. The report builds off work Jaggars did with CCRC Research Associate Maggie Fay and Negar Farakish on the American Honors program.

APRIL 13, 2020

Community College Stakeholders Implement Supports to Guide Students to Graduation

This Diverse: Issues in Higher Education story describes initiatives like CUNY Start and Tennessee Reconnect, which aim to increase retention by more deliberately engaging community college students. In the story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins explains why it's so important for campuses to give students "light-the-fire learning experience[s]." 

APRIL 09, 2020

Dual Enrollment Works. But Who Is It Working For?

CCRC research indicates dual enrollment programs are growing across the country, but they may not be helping students from all backgrounds get a leg up. In this Diverse: Issues in Higher Education storyCCRC Senior Research Associate John Fink describes the demographic disparities in dual enrollment participation and explains why that variation is an issue. 

APRIL 07, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on Community College Research

CCRC Director Thomas Brock told Community College Daily that CCRC remains committed to its research agenda and long-term work on topics like guided pathways and advising, despite the coronavirus crisis. He emphasized the need to keep moving forward, while also highlighting the relevance of past work that could help the field at this moment. 

APRIL 07, 2020

Choosing Pass/Fail Grades May Help College Students Now, But Could Cost Them Later

Colleges across the country have moved to a pass/fail grading system in the wake of the coronavirus, and though many students have heralded the move as necessary considering the circumstances, one group may suffer consequences: aspiring transfers. In this PBS story originally published by the Hechinger Report, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins explains why the switch to pass/fail may make a challenging process even harder.

APRIL 06, 2020

Stripped of Graduation and End-of-Year Rituals, New Generation of College Seniors Instead Face Dismal Job Market

The coronavirus has upended the economy and shattered the job market, leaving graduating college students anxious about beginning their careers. CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins spoke to the Hechinger Report about how community college students in particular will be disadvantaged by these circumstances.

APRIL 03, 2020

As Times and Students Change, Can Faculty Change, Too?

CCRC Senior Research Scholar Davis Jenkins spoke to Inside Higher Ed for this piece on how faculty need to shift their practice and perspective to account for changing student demographics. 

MARCH 31, 2020

College Degrees and What They're Worth

In this Philadelphia Inquirer story, CCRC Senior Research Scholar Jordan Matsudaira explains why students benefit when institutions make public data about post-degree job prospects and projected salaries.

MARCH 26, 2020

Four Concerns—and One Cause for Hope—as Coronavirus Closes Community Colleges

In this EdSurge story, CCRC Director Thomas Brock outlines challenges that community colleges must confront in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, including disruptions to student progress and dwindling resources.

MARCH 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Is Forcing Many Colleges to Go Online Only. But Will It Work for Everyone?

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, colleges must move instruction online. In this Seattle Times story, CCRC Research Affiliate Di Xu describes several strategies for making digital learning as meaningful as possible.