Community College Research Initiatives

Conference Presentations

Ready or Not? An Analysis of College and Career Readiness Emphasis in Every Student Succeeds Act State Plans

Friday, April 13, 4:05 to 5:35pm, New York Hilton Midtown, Second Floor, Gibson Suite
Don Hackmann, Joel Malin, & Debra Bragg

Abstract: This study examined the extent to which college and career readiness (CCR) is emphasized in ESSA state accountability plans using Critical Policy Analysis to study 52 plans (50 states, DC, Puerto Rico). Findings disclose most states identified CCR components as part of their school quality or student success indicators; however, few used ESSA to restructure their state initiatives to address persistent inequities.

How Curriculum Word Redefines Technical Faculty Roles in the Community College

Sunday, April 15, 10:35am to 12:05pm, New York Marriott Marquis, Fourth Floor, O’Neil
Debra Bragg

Abstract: This study examined the change in roles for faculty who received seed-funding grants to develop technical curriculum for their institutions and an NSF-funded regional center called the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT). Results provide an in-depth look at how and what community college technical faculty who are persistently invisible in the higher education literature learned from the intensive seed-funding process that required they conduct research, design new courses, pilot instructional materials, and disseminate their work. <<Download Handout>>

Debra Bragg, Director of CCRI, is leading the upcoming design lab at the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) conference in Washington DC on March 16-18, 2018.

The design lab addresses questions such as:  What are AB degrees? What forms do they take in community college and university settings? What roles should community colleges and universities play in implementing these degrees? How should the impact of AB degrees be evaluated? Read more>>

AB Design Lab: Building an Objective Business Case for Applied Baccalaureate Degrees

This session will focus on a new research collaboration that is focusing on filling gaps in what states and institutions need to know to build a successful business case for applied baccalaureate degrees. The session will focus on questions that need to be asked, data that need to be collected, and perspectives (favorable and unfavorable) that need to be addressed.

Debra Bragg, Director, Community College Research Initiatives, University of Washington; Mary Alice McCarthy, Director, Education and Skills, New America and Brian Durham, Deputy Director of Academic Affairs, Illinois Community College Board.

AB Design Lab: Evaluation and Continuous Improvement of Baccalaureate Degree Programs

This session presents information gathered through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to evaluate implementation of AB degrees in STEM fields and the annual AB degree evaluation conducted by Washington State. Examples of evaluation methods and tools will be shared, with Q&A on how to proceed with meaningful evaluation approaches.

Maria Soler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Melissa Cominole, Senior Research Associate, RTI International.

NISTS, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, 16th Annual Conference, February 7-9, 2018 

The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) exists to improve the lives of transfer students. Through research, education, and service, we support professionals who directly serve transfer students, as well as those who create transfer policy and conduct transfer-related research.

The CCRI team presents in three sessions:

Strategies to Increase Transfer Student Success via Reverse Transfer and Degree Reclamation (Transfer Policy, Current Research)

February 8, 2018, 8:30am – 9:30am, Plenary Session

States and institutions around the country have developed and implemented policies such as reverse transfer and degree reclamation that are intended to help transfer students and students with “some college, no degree” complete their degrees. This session will share lessons learned and best practices from both the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative and Project Win-Win, which conferred over 20,000 associate’s degrees to students. The session will also discuss opportunities to scale degree reclamation strategies across institutions and states.

Transfer Matters: New Research on Transfer Types, Participation, Pathways, and Policy

February 8, 2018, 1:45pm – 2:45pm, Concurrent V, Salon G

This panel discussion will bring together editors and contributors of Community College Review’s recent special issue on transfer students. The idea for the special issue was born from a meeting held at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2016, where a group of scholars discussed the common and traditional set of policies and practices advanced to facilitate successful transfer: common core, course numbering, transferrable two-year degrees, and articulation agreements. What emerged was a discussion of new and innovative inquiry to advance understanding on transfer types, access and participation in transfer, effective pathways and partnerships, and transfer policy with the intent of informing future transfer student success efforts. Special issue editors and contributors will share insights from their work and engage in discussion with conference participants seeking to improve practice and/or advance their own scholarship on transfer students.

High-Performing Transfer Partnerships: Lessons Supporting Underserved Student Success

February 9, 2018, 8am – 9am, Concurrent VI, Salon I

Building on data gathered through the Credit When It’s Due (CWID) initiative, lessons learned about high-performing transfer partnerships in Colorado and Minnesota are discussed. In this session, the researchers will share information and strategies related to policies, practices, and culture that link community colleges and universities in ways that support higher than expected baccalaureate degree completion among underserved student populations.

Debra Bragg, Director, Lia Wetzstein, Research Scientist, Theresa Ling Yeh, Research Scientist
Community College Research Initiatives, University of Washington-Seattle 

CCRI presents at ASHE 2017 – No Simple Solutions: Using Equity to Frame Research on High Performing Transfer Partnerships

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

Chair, Alicia C. Dowd, Penn State University
Discussant, Estela Mara Bensimon, University of Southern California
Organizer, Debra Bragg, University of Washington

APPAM Conference Presentation 2017

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: