Community College Research Initiatives

History

The Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) group was formed on May 1, 2016 when Dr. Debra Bragg was assumed the director position to lead a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant funding research on high-performing transfer partnerships. This grant extended research Dr. Bragg led in her previous position as director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was an endowed professor and continues as emeritus professor of educational policy, organization, and leadership.

Housed within the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity in University Academic Affairs, the CCRI group began hiring personnel whose research portfolios demonstrated a commitment to equity, as well as higher education, community college, transfer pathways, transitions and student outcomes.

CCRI also conducts research in a collaborative fashion, partnering with groups, researchers and consultants from other organizations. These efforts include conducting research as well as pursuing new proposals to support CCRI’s on-going commitment to more equitable student outcomes in the postsecondary context. Current and recent partnerships include R&D work with the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas-Austin, University of Utah, and the Center for Education & Skills (CESNA) at New America and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) both in Washington D.C. Looking to the future, the CCRI group strives to grow its capacity to create new knowledge supporting postsecondary-focused improvements that advance more student equitable outcomes.