|Title:||Accelerating Recovery in Community Colleges Network Lead|
|Principal Investigator:||Brock, Thomas||Awardee:||Teachers College, Columbia University|
|Program:||Community College Recovery Research Network [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||3 years (09/01/2022 – 08/31/2025)||Award Amount:||$3,000,000|
|Type:||Other Goal||Award Number:||R305X220022|
Co-Principal Investigators: Kurlaender, Michal; Shapiro, Doug
Education Agencies: California Community Colleges (CCC); Michigan Community College Association (MCCA); State University of New York (SUNY); Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE); Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR); Texas Association of Community Colleges
Related Network Teams: The Community College Recovery Research Network, part of the Improving Pandemic Recovery grant program, includes this Network Lead project and the following other projects — Evidence to Inform Improvement: Supporting California Community Colleges in Pandemic Recovery (R305X220016); Leveraging Technology and Engaging Students: Evaluating Covid-19 Recovery Efforts in the Los Angeles Community College District (R305X220018); Strengthening Virginia's Pandemic Recovery Efforts: Providing High-Quality Community College Workforce Education to Underserved Adults (R305X220024)
A Research Network involves several teams of researchers who are working together to address a critical education problem or issue. The objective is to encourage information sharing, build new knowledge, and assist policymakers and practitioners to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes. The Community College Recovery Research Network was established in September 2022 to conduct research to support strategies for counteracting declines in postsecondary enrollment and academic progress that occurred for many learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Network addresses the needs of student subgroups identified in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, many of whom were acutely impacted by disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each project within the network includes at least one education agency. The Network Lead and Research Teams will work collaboratively with the agencies to identify, explore, evaluate, and improve programs and policies designed to accelerate re-engagement and academic progress for all learners, with a specific focus on impacted subgroups.
Purpose: The Community College Recovery Research Network Lead provides the organizational structure needed to ensure that the Network runs smoothly and accomplishes its goals and objectives. The Network Lead coordinates bi-annual meetings of the entire Network as well as ongoing working group meetings focused on crucial pandemic recovery topics. The Lead will conduct independent research on pandemic recovery activities and enrollment patterns at community colleges across the United States to inform the network, policymakers, practitioners, and the broader public. The Lead will collaborate with Network Research Teams to support their research and dissemination activities.
Project Activities: The Lead will coordinate network meetings and activities and organize working groups on issues of cross-cutting importance to the research teams. The Lead will conduct a national scan of student enrollment, outcomes, and subgroup trends; examine how federal recovery funds are used; and conduct a survey of community colleges to learn more about their responses and unmet needs related to the pandemic. The Lead will convene a national advisory board to establish a forum for identifying recovery research needs and will connect with other stakeholders involved in recovery activities through workshops and webinars.
Products: The Lead will disseminate Network findings by maintaining a high-quality website, using social media, and actively participating in national conferences and meetings. The Lead will release a series of briefs, papers, and datasets from the national study of student enrollment, outcomes, and subgroup trends; the examination of community college expenditures from the Higher Education Emergency Relief funds; and the survey of community colleges in five states. In addition, the Lead will produce a research synthesis of the Network's findings.
Setting: A broad analysis of student enrollment patterns will include students at all public community colleges located across the 50 states and territories of the United States. The assessment of recovery activities will focus on community colleges in California, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. In-person Network meetings will take place virtually and in-person, twice on the East Coast and once on the West Coast.
Stakeholders: Federal and state policymakers, college leaders, administrators, and faculty, and the broader public including students and their families.
Activity Structure and Goals: The Network Lead will engage in three primary activities: