Community College Research Initiatives

CCRI Staff News


February 14, 2020

New Journal Article on Science Education

We’re thrilled to announce a new STEM publication in Cognition and Instruction that CCRI’s Lia Wetzstein co-authored with former colleagues, Susan Bobbitt Nolan and Alexandra Goodell, from their research together at the LIFE Center, University of Washington. Keywords: Science education, project-based learning, motivation and engagement, material tools, design-based research, cultural-historical activity theory Designing Material Tools…


December 17, 2019

An analysis of college and career readiness emphasis in ESSA state accountability plans

Our Director, Debra Bragg, recently released a new EPAA journal article! The article examined the extent in which college & career readiness (CCR) is emphasized in 52 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state accountability plans. Read the journal article below or visit EPAA’s website here.


July 30, 2019

CCRI in U.S. News!

CCRI Director Debra Bragg was mentioned in a recent article by U.S. News & World Report! The article discusses the rise of bachelor’s options at community colleges nationwide and three reasons why international students should consider community college as an option.


April 25, 2019

CCRI Receives NSF ATE Grant

The UW Community College Research Initiatives is pleased to announce we received an NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant in partnership with the UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance to study and scale-up data-informed improvements to technical education programs.


April 18, 2019

Mourning the Loss of Debbie McGhee

Our CCRI team grieves the passing of Deborah McGhee. Debbie devoted her life’s work to UW where she was a campus leader of outcomes assessment. Her leadership, competence and caring approach was widely admired. She inspired us and so many more to find meaning in our work and create meaningful opportunities for learning for our students.


April 16, 2019

AERA Annual Meeting 2019

CCRI researchers enjoyed presenting research on high performing transfer partnerships and faculty as change agents at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in April. It is great to engage and learn from our colleagues at these events – especially those who show up ready to ask questions at 8 a.m. sessions! 


April 15, 2019

Developing Faculty Change Agents: CSCC Presentation Recap

Improving access to STEM education and jobs depends in part on rethinking how science is taught in the classroom and how students are introduced to career pathways. CCRI’s Debra Bragg is an external evaluator for an NSF-funded project that supports and encourages faculty to lead that kind of change. In March, she joined the researchers…


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.