Community College Research Initiatives


Pathways to, through and beyond college are important to all learners. The CCRI group is dedicated to studying the implementation and impact of emerging pathway initiatives of all forms that speak to improving outcomes of all learners, especially historically underserved student groups. Research on pathways conducted by the CCRI group has received funding from numerous state and federal government agencies, including the Illinois Community College Board, United States Departments of Education and Labor, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation.

The Pathways to Results (PTR) initiative began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Debra Bragg, Emeritus Gutgsell Professor of Higher Education and Founding Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois. PTR is an outcomes-focused and equity-minded approach to pathway and program improvement. Other articles and papers published by Dr. Bragg and colleagues include:

Bragg, D. D. (2017). The case for evaluating student outcomes and equity gaps to improve pathways and programs of study. D. Jackson Smith & S. Starobin (Eds.). New Directions for Community Colleges, 178, 55-66.

Bragg, D. D., & Krismer, M. (2016). Using career pathways to guide students through programs of study. N. Maxwell, & A. Person (Eds.), New Directions for Community Colleges, 176, 63-72.

Bragg. D. D., McCambly, H., & Durham, B. (2016). Catching the spark: Student activism and student data as a catalyst for systemic transformation. Change, 48(3), 36-47.

Pickel, J., & Bragg, D. D. (2015). Pathways to Results: The case for equity-focused continuous improvement. In E. Castro (Ed.). Understanding equity in community college practice, New Directions for Community Colleges, 172, 43-56.