Community College Research Initiatives

June 21, 2022

STEM transfer partners: A community of practice

A cornerstone of CCRI’s current work is building innovative transfer partnerships and equipping two-year and four-year institutions with the resources, knowledge, support, and time to develop partnerships between their institutions to improve student outcomes. The STEM Transfer Partnerships project launched this year and met for the first time in April, convening all 10 teams to…


February 25, 2022

New opening for a Research Scientist at CCRI!

Community College Research Initiatives has an opening for a Research Scientist. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in research on community colleges, STEM, transfer, and organizational change! The position is part-time, 80% FTE with benefits and can be remote. Read more and apply here! https://tinyurl.com/38m5nhkn


February 5, 2022

Transfer Partnership podcast

“We’re better together.” CCRI Director Dr. Lia Wetzstein, and Research Affiliate Dr. Theresa Ling Yeh, joined the Transfer Nation Talks podcast hosted by Executive Director Dr. Janet Marling of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) on The Art of Transfer Partnerships. In this informative conversation, they discuss CCRI’s expertise and prior…


February 4, 2022

Announcement of the STEM Transfer Partnership community of practice in WA State

We are excited to announce the 10 partnerships that will be participating in the STEM Transfer Partnership project and community of practice here in Washington state. Each pair of institutions, one from a 2-year and the other from a 4-year, will develop ways to improve outcomes for low-income STEM students! Because of the many varied…


October 1, 2021

CCRI receives nearly $1.2 million grant for work to increase equity in STEM 

The University of Washington’s Community College Research Initiatives announced that it received a $1,173,375.00 grant from Ascendium Education Group to work towards equity in STEM education for low-income learners across Washington state.  Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) conducts research ​​in order to facilitate the advancement of equity in higher education. Ascendium invests in initiatives designed…


September 29, 2021

Research Scientist Opening

CCRI has a new Research Scientist opening. We’re looking for an education researcher with an interest in community colleges, STEM transfer, a passion for equity, and who works well within a team. This position is half-time with benefits. If you have experience as a researcher in higher education we would love to hear from you….


July 16, 2021

CCRI has a Research Scientist position open

Our team is looking for an education researcher with an interest in community colleges, a passion for equity, and who works well within a team. This position is part-time and temporary. We have ongoing research, new grants starting and on the horizon. If you have experience in research methods and manipulating data using MS Excel…


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…


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