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Community Colleges
‘What Works’ for Community College Students?

A Brief Synthesis of 20 Years of MDRC’s Randomized Controlled Trials

June 3, 2022
In the fall of 2020, community colleges served nearly five million students. This represents 29 percent of U.S. undergraduates. Although community colleges are providing these students with access to postsecondary education, the colleges’ graduation rates remain low. Among first-time, full-time students seeking degrees or certificates whose first postsecondary school is a two-year, public institution, only…
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Improving College Success for Students in Corequisite Reading
April 8, 2022
In a corequisite approach to developmental education, students enroll in a college-level course paired concurrently with a support course designed to address student learning needs in a given subject. This report from Strong Start to Finish examines early college outcomes of students placed into corequisite reading courses at the 13 community colleges in the Tennessee…
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Educational Attainment, Community College, and Transfer in the Black Belt
March 21, 2022
A report from the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center on the impact of COVID-19 and Alabama’s Black Belt shows that nearly half as many students in Alabama’s Black Belt transferred from community colleges to four-year colleges in 2020 compared to the rest of the state.
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Training Tomorrow’s Workers

Next Steps for New York Community Colleges

March 2, 2022
As the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs, thousands of New Yorkers are searching for jobs, and employers across the state are struggling to fill empty positions. This report from the Manhattan Institute contends that New York’s publicly funded city and state community colleges are uniquely positioned to help bridge this gap, providing more job-focused education for mid-career…
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Patterns of Community College Use Among Working Adults
Oct. 18, 2021
As American workers continue to face the proliferation of new technologies and worsening earning inequality, as well as dislocation driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increasingly urgent need to assist people in transitioning to new, and hopefully better, jobs. Community colleges are central to this issue both because of their scope and the…
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The Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Community College Students
Oct. 13, 2021
A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement highlights the impact of the pandemic on entering students at community colleges during fall 2020. The data reveal that many students are still struggling as a result of COVID-19, and as with the data collected last fall, some groups of students continue to be…
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Implementing Degrees When Due Within a Complex Institutional and Policy Context

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Oct. 11, 2021
This report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy offers insights into how a suburban community college, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, develops and adopts an initiative to reach students with some college, but no degree in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Student Outcomes at Community Colleges

What Factors Explain Variation in Loan Repayment and Earnings?

Sept. 28, 2021
Student outcomes at community colleges vary widely across institutions and programs, leaving some policymakers to wonder if more pressure is needed to hold these institutions accountable for their students’ future labor market outcomes, says this report from the Brookings Institution.
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Benefits Access for College Completion

Lessons Learned from a Community College Initiative to Help Low-Income Students

July 11, 2016
Community colleges that participated in an effort to boost low-income students’ access to public benefits were better able to help students complete college, says this report from the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.
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Doubling Graduation Rates

Three-Year Effects of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students

Feb. 24, 2015
Community colleges offer a pathway to the middle class for low-income students. Although access to college has expanded, graduation rates at community colleges remain low, especially for students who need developmental courses in math, reading, or writing. Many reforms have been found to help students in the short term, but few have substantially boosted college…
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