Welcome to the
Center for the Study of Community Colleges
Relevant Research for Improving Policy and Practice
The Center for the Study of Community Colleges is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
research and policy organization 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 is the fiscal home of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, an AACC-affiliated scholarly association comprised of university-based researchers and community college practitioners dedicated to furthering community college scholarship.
Through the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the Center is able to promote and disseminate exemplary research on the community college enterprise.
As a stand-alone nonprofit research organization, the Center is uniquely positioned to conduct national investigations of community college practice, policy, and student success and to collaborate with other community college scholars and organizations. Recent Center projects have examined community college governance, transfer and articulation reform, civic learning and democratic engagement, and deliberative practices. Funders include the Bill & Melinda Gates,
Walter S. Johnson, Spencer, Hewlett, and Kettering Foundations.
Center Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges are periodically awarded to one or more members of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. The purpose of these grants is to engender and support innovative research with direct application to community college policy or practice.
Center Grants range from $500 to $10,000, depending on the year, number and quality of proposals, and associated budgetary requirements.
Arthur M. Cohen, Ph.D.
June 14, 1927 - December 25, 2020
Arthur M. Cohen, pre-eminent scholar and founder of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges, has died at 93. Art inspired generations of students to become community college administrators, university faculty, state-level education policy officers, and independent researchers. Our field would not be the same without his scholarship and example.