WELCOME to the Center for the Study of Community Colleges, a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and policy center based in Los Angeles, California.

The Center's mission is to improve community college effectiveness and student success by engaging in and supporting research related to community college practice and policy.

The Center also houses the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (www.cscconline.org), a scholarly community affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges.


Recent Projects/Publications

Through a collaborative learning agreement with the Kettering Foundation, the Center coordinated investigations into civic programs, practices, and outcomes at community colleges across the nation. The project culminated in a 2016 New Directions for Community Colleges volume on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, which is available in print and online here.

Click here to watch Dr. Arthur M. Cohen's April 2015 address to the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

Funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation, the Center is collaborating with The Democracy Commitment to examine the community college's role in developing students' civic agency, capacity, behavior, and knowledge. Results from the 2015 national pilot administration of the Civic Outcomes Survey, published in the Community College Review, can be accessed here.

The Center's 2011 report on Implementing Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reform, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, can be accessed here. A New Directions for Community Colleges volume on the topic can be found here.