Community College Research Initiatives

March 13, 2019

CCBA Conference 2019

CCRI shared recent work on community college baccalaureates (CCB) alongside partners from New America at the Community College Baccalaureate Association conference last week. In addition to presenting the results of a national landscape study, the researchers also facilitated a session on equity concerns and tactics for CCBs. The Evolving Landscape for Community College Baccalaureates Recently…

March 12, 2019

NISTS Conference 2019

Transfer as part of the path toward bachelor’s degree attainment is increasingly more common and often the route taken by underserved students. The recent National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) conference experienced record attendance this year demonstrating an increased interest in studying and sharing best practices on the transfer process and efforts to impact education equity….

February 14, 2019

Data Note 10: Transfer Research and Multilevel Models

Structural, financial, and information barriers at both two- and four- institutions complicate the process of student transfer. Current research on the topic does not adequately address the shared responsibility between these institutions, or examine possible differences in transfer success rates by race. In Data Note 10 of the High-Performing Partnerships (HPTP) study, CCRI researchers contribute to…

January 24, 2019

NewBAC Data Note 1: Evolving Landscape for New Baccalaureates

Post by Debra Bragg, CCRI Director This first Data Note on the Scaling Community College Baccalaureate Degrees: The Equity Imperative research project provides baseline information on relatively new forms of baccalaureate degrees, reasons colleges adopt these degrees, and concerns identified for expanding these degrees to more states and postsecondary institutions.

January 21, 2019

Understanding Reverse Credit Transfer

The latest studies in the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative examine student perceptions of associate degrees and how reverse credit transfer influences retention and bachelor’s degree attainment.

January 17, 2019

CCRI Director Receives Award for Work on Community College Transfer


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

Multiple paths

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

Partnership Continuum

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.

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