Community College Research Initiatives

March 5, 2020

Growth in Enrollment and Completion of STEM Community College Baccalaureate Degrees in Washington State

Washington State is experiencing substantial growth in the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Community College Baccalaureate (CCB)1 programs. Student enrollments in STEM CCB programs are also growing, providing an opportune time to study these students and their enrollment in and completion of STEM CCB programs. This research on STEM CCB programs shows women complete degrees at…


Community College Baccalaureate Degree Completion in Washington

Complimenting an earlier data note on enrollment by Meza (2019), results of this data note examine the completion rates of students in Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) programs in Washington state by program area and student demographics. We find CCB degree completion rates are rising and now approach the baccalaureate completion rates for students transferring from a community college…


How Do Students Earning CCB Degrees Compare to Their Peers at Public Universities in Washington State?

This data note explores the extent to which the student population earning baccalaureate degrees at community and technical colleges mirrors the demographic characteristics of the student population earning baccalaureate degrees in comparable programs of study offered by four public universities in Washington State. Demographic analysis reveals important differences between these two student populations, both broadly and in the…


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…


February 3, 2020

CCRI at NISTS 2020

We’re looking forward to having some of our teammates attend the NISTS 2020 conference this February in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the catalog for the conference below! Lia Wetzstein, CCRI Associate Research Director (pages 22 & 45)


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…


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