Community College Research Initiatives

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.


December 13, 2019

Data note on the Complexity of STEM Transfer for Underserved Students

We’re pleased to release a new data note from CCRI’s research on STEM, authored by research scientist, Elizabeth Apple Meza titled, Underserved Community College Students and the Complexity of STEM Transfer. Abstract Community college students aspiring to transfer into STEM majors at a four-year institution face a complicated and nuanced admissions process. In some cases, students…


December 4, 2019

Equity workshop in Oregon for guided pathways implementation

Debra D. Bragg. (2019, November 14). Approaching guided pathways with an equity and evaluative lens.  Workshop presented for the Oregon Student Success Center at the Oregon Guided Pathways Institute in Eugene, Oregon. Debra Bragg presented a workshop on using an equity lens for guided pathways implementation in Oregon’s community colleges. This interactive session engages participants…


December 3, 2019

ASHE Conference Presentations

Our team’s research was well-received at this year’s Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference in Portland, November 13th – 16th, 2019. Learn more about each presentation CCRI was involved in below and click on the titles to open their respective slide deck: >>Advancing Evidence-Based Policy: Meta-Analysis Findings from TAACCCT<< Presented by Grant…


NSF ATE Project Update

Leveraging statewide longitudinal data to improve technical education pathways Phase one, in this three-year landscape study of National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) programs funded in Washington in the last ten years, has begun. Our team, consisting of University of Washington researchers, and faculty and administrators from Seattle Central College, Green River College, and Skagit…


November 24, 2019

Keynote on the Equity Imperative at the NWCCU Annual Conference

Bragg, D. D. (2019, November 20). The equity imperative for higher education. Keynote presented at the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) annual conference, Seattle, WA.  Debra Bragg presented a distinguished lecture for the NWCCU annual conference. The keynote focused on systemic inequities in higher education that detrimentally impact students of color. She spoke…


November 18, 2019

Updating the national landscape: State adoption of community college baccalaureate degrees

CCRI Research Affiliate, Maria Claudia Soler, authors the third data note on the project Scaling Community College Baccalaureate Degrees: The Equity Imperative. The goal of this research is to examine degree-granting policies, institutional adoption and program implementation related to community college baccalaureate (CCB) degrees in the United States. Given the changing policy context across the…


October 22, 2019

TAACCCT Meta-Analysis

The Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant represented an unprecedented investment by the federal government in integrated postsecondary education and workforce training offered primarily by community and technical colleges. Between 2011 and 2018, 256 grants totaling nearly $2 billion were awarded through four rounds of competitive grants. Ultimately, 630 community colleges…


Upcoming conferences to hear from CCRI!

Competency-Based Education Network’s (C-BEN) CBExchange 2019 Conference, Palm Springs, CA, October 24, 2019. Learning and Leading Forward: Research-based Lessons to Enhance CBE 2.0 for Working Adults at Salt Lake Community College, Eric Heiser, Dean, Salt Lake Community College, Debra Bragg, President, Bragg & Associates, Inc. This session presents evaluation results from a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment…


September 23, 2019

Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges, Faculty as Change Agents

In fall 2015, “Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-year Colleges (SAGE 2YC) Faculty as Change Agents” was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This ambitious project focuses on improving two-year college geoscience education at the course, program, department, institution, region, and professional levels. It works through the efforts of two-year college geoscience faculty who act as “change agents” in…


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