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.

Current Highlights

September 2018
CCRI’s Katie Kovacich participates in a panel discussion on guided pathways at Seattle College District’s 2018 convocation to share lessons learned from our strategic coaching work with the JFF Student Success Center Network.  pathways 

Data Note 5: Policy and Its Impact on Collaboration to Promote Transfer in Minnesota

August 2018
In this Data Note, we present a case in which state level higher education policy has evolved over time to increasingly encourage colleges and universities to work together to improve transfer outcomes.

CCRI presenting at Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Network Meeting, July 18-19, 2018, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Metrics, Money, and Systems Alignments: A Policy Agenda for Improving Student Success
Postsecondary State Policy Network, Jobs for the Future (JFF), July 18, 2018, 3:15 – 4:30pm, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Panel presenters share their policy ideas, state examples and, opportunities and challenges in achieving policy change. (Presented by: Grant Blume, University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance & CCRI-UW, Nate Johnson, Principal Consultant, Postsecondary Analytics, Nicole Washington, Higher Education Policy Advisor, David Altstadt, Associate Director, JFF)

First slide of "Evidence-Based Coaching for Change in the Student Success Center Network" slide deck for Postsecondary State Policy Network Meeting

Evidence-Based Coaching for Change in the Student Success Center Network
Postsecondary State Policy Network, Jobs for the Future (JFF), July 19, 2018, 12:45pm to 2:00pm, Fort Lauderdale, FL
In this session, the CCRI team will discuss early learnings from the Student Success Center Network’s coaching work, from pilot projects to scaling evidence-based coaching for change. (Presented by: Debra Bragg, Director; Katie Kovacich, Research Coordinator, and Lia Wetzstein, Research Scientist, Community College Research Initiatives, University of Washington)

Data Note 4 in Series on Transfer Partnerships (HPTP)

Wetzstein, L. (2018, June). High-Performing Transfer Partnerships and Promising Practices. (Transfer Partnerships Series, Data Note 4). Seattle, WA: Community College Research Initiatives, University of Washington.


Students studying at a library


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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