|Grant Program:||Community College Recovery Research Network|
Dr. James Benson
In FY 2022, IES established the Improving Pandemic Recovery Efforts in Education Agencies (Improving Pandemic Recovery) grant program to support research to counteract academic losses encountered by many learners during the COVID-19 pandemic and to conduct research in partnership with state and local education agencies to improve learner engagement, reengagement, and achievement with a focus on underrepresented student subgroups that were disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Through theCommunity College Recovery Research Network topic of Improving Pandemic Recovery, IES funded one network lead team and three research teams, which comprise the Accelerating Recovery in Community Colleges Network. This network will conduct research to support strategies for counteracting declines in postsecondary enrollment and academic progress that occurred for many learners during the COVID-19 pandemic and 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 research team within the network includes at least one education agency. The network lead and research teams will work collaboratively with the education 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.
Descriptions of each of the projects are as follows:
Accelerating Recovery in Community Colleges Network Lead
Strengthening Virginia's Pandemic Recovery Efforts: Providing High-Quality Community College Workforce Education to Underserved Adults
Leveraging Technology and Engaging Students: Evaluating COVID-19 Recovery Efforts in the Los Angeles Community College District
Evidence to Inform Improvement: Supporting California Community Colleges in Pandemic Recovery