Community College Research Initiatives

Advancing educational access & equity

The Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) group conducts research on equitable college access, progression and transfer, degree completion, and employment in living-wage careers for underserved students and diverse learner populations throughout the United States.

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Transfer is one of the most important but understudied phenomenon in U.S. higher education. CCRI uses an equity lens to conduct a series of studies on transfer policies and practices.

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Student at the University of Washington 's 138th Commencement smiling with cap on.

New Bacclaureates

New forms of applied baccalaureate degrees are emerging and increasingly are conferred by community colleges. Many of these degrees focus on developing occupations associated with STEM and career-technical education.

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Student looking through microscope at the University of Washington's Department of Immunology


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is important for our country’s future as it provides jobs and solutions to major problems. CCRI conducts research and evaluation on STEM education.

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Research to Practice

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Coaching for Change

The Coaching for Change initiative supports Student Success Centers to design strategic coaching plans that utilize applied research, technical assistance, professional development, and communities of practice to improve student success.

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Students coding in classroom with UW President, Ana Mari Cauce for the Hour of Code event


Pathways to, through and beyond college are important to all learners. CCRI is dedicated to studying the implementation and impact of pathway initiatives that improve outcomes, especially for historically underserved students.

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Students in the Master's in Education Policy class at Denny Hall taught by Marguerite Roza and Laura Anderson

Transformative Change Initiative

The Transformative Change Initiative (TCI) is dedicated to assisting community colleges scale-up innovations that improve student outcomes and program, organization, and system performance.

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