Fewer than 40 percent of first-time college students who enrolled in a community college earn a credential from a two- or four-year institution within six years. Eighty percent of entering community college students indicate they want to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher, but just 29 percent transfer to a four-year institution within six years.
Community colleges provide critical access to postsecondary education and are uniquely positioned to promote equity and social mobility in the United States. With average tuition and fees that are less than half of those at public four-year colleges, these two-year institutions enroll 38 percent of America’s undergraduates, including the majority of the nation’s low-income, minority and adult college students. Among full-time workers aged 25 and over, the median earnings of associate degree holders in 2016 were 18 percent higher than those of individuals with only a high school diploma.
The Community College Research Center, led for 20 years by founding director Thomas Bailey, now TC’s President, and currently directed by Thomas Brock, Research Professor, conducts research that helps community colleges strengthen opportunities and improve outcomes for their students, particularly those from underserved populations.
Community colleges are crucial sites for improving educational equity. We aim to identify policies and practices that enable institutions to counteract social disparities by race and class and promote the success of students from all underserved populations.
Working with community colleges, policymakers, foundations and other partners, CCRC’s interdisciplinary research team conducts quantitative and qualitative studies of community college programs and the students they serve in order to improve students’ experiences and outcomes.
From Mary Swartz Rose and Lawrence Cremin to George Bond and Joan Gussow, the legacy of many of TC's greatest teacher-scholars is carried on through TC's tribute scholarships.
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