Community College Research Initiatives

January 17, 2019

CCRI Director Receives Award for Work on Community College Transfer

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Debra Bragg, director of UW’s Community College Research Initiative (CCRI), is being recognized for contributions to community college research and policy by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) on February 13.


January 16, 2019

Data Note 9: Transfer Partnerships and a Culture of Collaboration

In Data Note 6, we described a variety institutional transfer partnership typologies, differentiating those with increasing levels of collaboration and describing aspects of their culture, policy and practices. This Data Note draws upon qualitative findings from the High-Performing Transfer Partnerships (HPTP) study to more fully elucidate a construct described by an interviewee as a “culture…


Data Note 8: Catalysts and Barriers to Transfer Collaboration

CCRI’s work to understand quality transfer partnerships between colleges and universities has revealed common characteristics of effective partnerships (Data Note 1), and different types of partnerships (Data Note 6). In Data Note 8, researchers dig deeper into the process of developing successful partnerships.


December 28, 2018

Data Note 7: Characteristics of MIAP students in two states

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Researchers at the University of Washington found that non-linear transfer pathways from community colleges to universities differ by race and Pell grant eligibility. The findings indicate that research about college transfer should more closely examine non-traditional pathways to inform policies and programs that serve these students.


December 14, 2018

Data Note 6: A Typology of Transfer Partnerships

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While there is increasing interest in how transfer partnerships between colleges and universities impact student outcomes, a clear definition of partnerships remains elusive. Researchers at the Community College Research Initiative (CCRI) developed a framework that institutions can use to evaluate the quality of existing partnerships, or as a guide for starting new partnerships.


December 3, 2018

Data Note 5: How State Policy Impacts College Transfer Partnerships

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Collaboration between community colleges and universities can be supported or inhibited by higher education policy at the state level. CCRI researchers present a case study about Minnesota’s higher education policy, and how it has generally strengthened collaboration.


August 3, 2018

CCRI Presented at Jobs for the Future’s 2018 Meeting

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In July 2018, CCRI researchers gave two presentations at the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Postsecondary State Network Meeting. The presentations focused on policies for student success and evidence-based coaching for change.


January 16, 2018

Data Note 1: Characteristics of Successful Transfer Partnerships

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As costs of higher education increase, enrollment in community college and plans to transfer are increasingly common. The partnership between two and four-year institutions plays a role in how accessible and effective the transfer process is for students. In 2018, CCRI started a study on High-Performing Transfer Partnerships (HPTP) that advances knowledge about transfer, and…