Community College Research Initiatives

December 10, 2020

Enhancing Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges in the Puget Sound

Last year, CCRI had the privilege of working with 3 local community colleges as a facilitator and evaluator on a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to Baccalaureate (B2B) planning grant. This planning grant with North Seattle College, Green River College and Pierce College led to the successful attainment of a 3-year Puget…


October 29, 2020

Using research and collaboration to improve STEM education

How can STEM teachers support students’ disciplinary engagement in project based learning? Earlier this year, co-authors Susan Nolan, Lia Wetzstein and Alexandra Goodell published the article Designing Material Tools to Mediate Disciplinary Engagement in Environmental Science in the journal Cognition and Instruction. This article describes how teachers and researchers collaborated to address problems of balancing…


New publication on community college baccalaureate student experience

We are excited to publish Data Note 10 in the New Baccalaureate series, titled Washington State Community College Baccalaureate Students: How Life Experiences Shape Baccalaureate Education, Employment and Economic Security and authored by Lia Wetzstein, Elizabeth Apple Meza and Debra Bragg. It presents results from qualitative interviews with community college baccalaureate (CCB) students in Washington state. We use…


October 26, 2020

Racial equity professional development for higher education coaches

October SSCN Coaching Program Convening Throughout this next year, CCRI will be facilitating a virtual professional development training series on racial equity. While these training sessions are specifically for the Student Success Center Network, we want to share about what we are developing. If you would like to learn more, please let us know!  (ccri@uw.edu)…


September 24, 2020

CCRI Panelist on Why Mobility Matters Now: The Intersection of Equity and Student Transitions

Earlier today, CCRI’s Acting Director, Dr. Lia Wetzstein joined other higher education researchers in a rich discussion on transfer and equity at the 2020 Michigan Student Success Summit. There is one more day to join in other discussions! Register, view presentation slides, and video recordings from this and all of the sessions on this event webpage….


August 24, 2020

NDCC Twitter Chat Summary

So what happened? On May 15, 2020, we facilitated a Twitter Chat on the importance of transfer partnerships working for transfer students navigating higher education during COVID-19. In advance, we invited you to read our latest transfer brief that synthesizes themes from a larger body of research on transfer partnerships that focus on improving transfer…


August 20, 2020

Transition Coming for CCRI

Welcome Dr. Lia Wetzstein, our new Acting Director of CCRI We’ve seen tremendous change in education and the economy since Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) opened its doors on May 1, 2016. Since those early days, we at CCRI have used our research skills to study policy and program improvements to transfer and baccalaureate attainment,…


July 22, 2020

CCRI awarded UW’s Resilience Lab seed grant

CCRI awarded UW’s Resilience Lab seed grant to support transfer students in 2020-2021 Our team is honored to be a recipient of one of the University of Washington’s Resilience Lab seed grants. Our applied research project will lift up the incoming transfer student experience to discover ways to support the growth of their resilience and…


July 21, 2020

Twitter chat summary on racial equity & coaching for college reform

So what happened? On June 10, 2020, we facilitated a Twitter chat on how organizations and coaches of higher education reform are embracing transformative change centered on racial justice and as we continue to engage in this and student success work during these unprecedented times, we invite you to read and utilize our collection of equity-minded coaching…


July 8, 2020

CCRI racial equity publications

As we continue to engage in racial justice and student success work during these unprecedented times, we invite you to read and utilize our collection of equity-minded coaching briefs and tools in your transformative change efforts using a racial equity lens. Brief: Coaching for More Equitable Student Outcomes Brief: Integrating Racial Equity into Guided Pathways The Equity…


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