Community College Research Initiatives


Pathways to, through and beyond college are important to all learners. The CCRI group is dedicated to studying the implementation and impact of emerging pathway initiatives of all forms that speak to improving outcomes of all learners, especially historically underserved student groups. Research on pathways conducted by the CCRI group has received funding from numerous state and federal government agencies, including the Illinois Community College Board, United States Departments of Education and Labor, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation. Two major research initiatives that pertain to the CCRI’s pathways research are Coaching for Change and Pathways to Results (PTR). To find out more information about these initiatives please visit their respective pages.

The Pathways to Results (PTR) initiative began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Debra Bragg, Emeritus Gutgsell Professor of Higher Education and Founding Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois. PTR is an outcomes-focused and equity-minded approach to pathway and program improvement. For other articles and papers published by Dr. Bragg and colleagues, see Publications.

Attribution: Developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, through Office of Community College Research and Leadership – OCCRL at the College of Education. To download materials from the OCCRL website at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, use this link.

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Pathways to Results Publications

Bragg, D. D. (2017). The case for evaluating student outcomes and equity gaps to improve pathways and programs of study. D. Jackson Smith & S. Starobin (Eds.). New Directions for Community Colleges, 178, 55-66.

Bragg, D. D., & Krismer, M. (2016). Using career pathways to guide students through programs of study. N. Maxwell, & A. Person (Eds.), New Directions for Community Colleges, 176, 63-72.

Bragg. D. D., McCambly, H., & Durham, B. (2016). Catching the spark: Student activism and student data as a catalyst for systemic transformation. Change, 48(3), 36-47.

Pickel, J., & Bragg, D. D. (2015). Pathways to Results: How Practitioners Address Student Access, Outcomes, and Equity in an Associate Degree Nursing Program. New Directions for Community Colleges, 172, 43-55.