Community College Research Initiatives

Advancing Educational Access & Equity

The Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) group conducts research on equitable college access, progression and transfer, degree completion, and employment in family living-wage careers for underserved students and diverse learner populations throughout the United States.

Learn more about current research on Transfer, New Baccalaureates, STEM, Transformative Change Initiative (TCI), and Pathways. Read more in Publications for articles and reports from the CCRI team. Find out more about us through our mission and values and staff. Contact us.

Current Highlights

CCRI presenting at ASHE 2017!

No Simple Solutions: Using Equity to Frame Research on High Performing Transfer Partnerships

Sat, November 11, 12:00 to 1:15pm, Marriott Marquis Houston, Third, Tanglewood

Problematizing and Prioritizing to Reframe Transfer Research, Debra Bragg, University of Washington

Measuring Transfer Partnerships for Equitable Outcomes: Initial Findings from the Higher Performing Transfer Partnerships Study, Elizabeth Apple Meza, University of Washington

Discussant, Estela Mara Bensimon, University of Southern California

APPAM Conference Presentation

Debra Bragg presented at the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Research Conference in Chicago, IL on November 4, 2017.  Learn More. The session is listed at:

Recent Publication – September 2017

Bragg, D. D. (2017). Transfer Matters: Forward to the Special Issue on Transfer. Community College Review, 45(4), 267-272. doi:10.1177/0091552117728572

CWID Data Note 10 published in latest issue of The SOURCE, vol. 7, issue 19

September 17, 2017 issue of The SOURCE (section on Transfer and Articulation) published by Matt S. Giani: CWID Data Note 10: The Correlates of Credit Loss. “Despite the longstanding centrality of student transfer in the United States’ postsecondary system and the presence of state-level policies regulating transfer in the majority of states, the loss of credits during transfer remains a significant issue.”

Transfer Partnerships

This study is focusing on how high performing transfer partnerships (HPTP) between 2- and 4-year colleges and universities (which may identify as partnerships) work on the ground. By high performing, we refer to institutional pairs whose underserved and aggregate student populations are achieving higher rates of success in baccalaureate retention and completion than institutional pairs with average or below average outcomes in these areas for underserved and aggregate student populations in the state.

University of Illinois Press Release

Recent publications by Dr. Debra Bragg, Director of CCRI, and her colleagues, Dr. Don Hackmann, Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); and Dr. Joel Malin, Assistant Professor, Miami University (Ohio), are featured on the UIUC College of Education’s website. See: The publications highlighted in this press release focus on new federal legislation and college and career readiness appearing in top education journals on research, policy and practice.