Research Centers

 

  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
    The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education. 
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
    AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
    Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center. Improving teaching and learning has always been Carnegie’s motivation and heritage.Our current improvement research approach builds on the scholarship of teaching and learning, where we:
    • Learn from each other
    • Improve on what we know works
    • Continuously create new knowledge
    • Take what we learn and make it usable by others.
  • Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)
    In 2008, The University of Texas' College of Education established the Center for Community College Student Engagementformerly known as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)—as the umbrella organization for survey research, focus group work, and related services for community and technical colleges interested in improving educational quality through strengthened student engagement and student success. The Center operates as a research and service initiative of the Program for Higher Education Leadership (PHEL), which is in the Department of Educational Administration. Since 2001, major grants have supported the work.

    In August 2008, the Center moved to an off-campus building near The University of Texas to accommodate growing operational needs related to the large numbers of colleges participating in the work. CCSSE remains the Center's flagship survey as the Center continues quantitative and qualitative work with community colleges across the United States, Canada, and several island nations.

    The organization has grown to include a staff of professionals with a wide variety of skills, plus doctoral interns, doctoral research assistants, and undergraduate student workers, serving more than 800 different community colleges. Since 2002, the Center has surveyed more than 2 million community college students cumulatively representing a total credit enrollment of more than 6 million students. Member colleges represent an overwhelming majority of all accredited, public, associate-degree-granting institutions in the United States.
  • Community College Research Center (CCRC)
    CCRC is the leading independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States. We conduct research on the issues affecting community colleges and work with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance.
  • Complete College America
    Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

    The need for this work is compelling. Between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the United States more than doubled, while the completion rate has been virtually unchanged. We’ve made progress in giving students from all backgrounds access to college – but we haven’t finished the all-important job of helping them achieve a degree. Counting the success of all students is an essential first step. And then we must move with urgency to reinvent American higher education to meet the needs of the new majority of students on our campuses, delicately balancing the jobs they need with the education they desire.

    Complete College America believes there is great reason for optimism … and a clear path forward. With a little more support – and a lot of common sense – we can ensure that many more young people get the high-quality college education that will help them live productive and fulfilling lives. All Americans will share in the benefits of their success.
  • mdrc Building Knowledge to Improve Social Policy
    MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children.
  • National Association of Developmental Education (NADE)
    MISSION/PURPOSE. NADE seeks to improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the educational spectrum, the professional capabilities of developmental educators, and the design of programs to prepare developmental educators. NADE focuses on the academic success of students by
    • providing professional development,
    • supporting student learning,
    • providing public leadership,
    • disseminating exemplary models of practice,
    • coordinating efforts with other organizations,
    • facilitating communication among developmental education professionals, and
    • anticipating trends.
    MOTTONADE's motto ("Helping underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel") is intended to convey the fundamental belief that developmental education services enhance academic, personal, and professional achievement for all learners.
  • National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR)
    The National Center for Postsecondary Research focuses on measuring the effectiveness of programs designed to help students make the transition to college and master the basic skills needed to advance to a degree. NCPR is currently pursuing research in dual enrollment; postsecondary remediation, including learning communities; and financial aid. 

    NCPR is housed at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, and is operated in collaboration with partners MDRC and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and with a professor at Harvard University. Established in 2006, the Center is funded by a grant of $9,813,619 from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education
  • SAGE journals – Community College Review (CCR)
    CCR has led the nation for 40 years in the publication of scholarly, peer-reviewed research and commentary on community colleges. CCR publishes articles on all aspects of community college administration, education, and policy, both within the American higher education system as well as within the higher education systems of other countries that have similar tertiary institutions.
  • The Charles A. Dana Center
    How can we enable all students—especially those who are underserved—to achieve postsecondary success? This question guides our work to develop education tools and resources that are worthy of those we serve. It is why we collaborate with states and districts to provide sustained technical assistance, convene national networks, and create professional development programs and resources to help educators. It challenges us to identify stumbling blocks for students and develop innovative courses to encourage persistence, reshape academic identities, and build critical skills and knowledge. It drives us to advocate for rigorous academic standards and help education systems ensure that all students can master the content and practices described in these standards.

    Finally, it is why we strive to ensure that these efforts move beyond labs and pilots and into classrooms and campuses across the country. In all our work, we are dedicated to nurturing students’ intellectual passions and ensuring that the accident of where a student lives does not limit his or her access to an excellent education.
  • Texas Completes
    Texas Completes offers Texas a unique opportunity - in a large decentralized system, it has knitted together a network of colleges and districts that can help turn the tide on the achievement gap.

    The cadre of institutions, which includes over 35 colleges and educates 43% of the state's community college students, includes managing partner Lone Star College System (LSCS), Alamo Community College District (ACCD), Austin Community College (ACC), Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), El Paso Community College (EPCC), Kilgore College (KC), Odessa College (OC) and South Texas College (STC), supported by Amy M. Welch as Managing Partner Director and Educate Texas (ET) as the state policy lead.
  • The Education Trust
    The Education Trust promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.
  • The Tertiary Education Research Database (VOCED plus)
    VOCEDplus is a free research database for tertiary education, especially as it relates to workforce needs, skills development, and social inclusion.
    It encompasses vocational education and training (VET), higher education, adult and community education, informal learning, and VET in Schools. It is international in scope and contains over 55,000 English language records, many with links to full text documents.
    VOCEDplus is produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), based in Adelaide, Australia. VOCEDplus is funded by Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and is endorsed by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
    View Introducing VOCEDplus on YouTube.
  • U.S. News and World Report Education
    Get the whole picture for each of the 1,600+ schools in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. More than 500,000 data points are available exclusively to College Compass subscribers.