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Welcome to the
Center for the Study of Community Colleges

Relevant Research for Improving Policy and Practice

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About Us

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.

What We Do

The Center for the Study of Community Colleges engages in and supports research for improving community college policy and practice. This work occurs in three primary strands. 

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. 

What We Do

News & Events

Keep up with the latest from the Center for the Study of Community Colleges

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CSCC Annual Conference

Catalyzing Equity-Centered Change

The Council for the Study of Community College's 2024 conference will be held at the

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square 

April 18 - 20, 2024. 

The 2024 Call for Proposals can be found here; more information available at


Contact Us

To contact the Center, please use the form below

or click here for mailing address, email, and phone number

9544 Cresta Drive Los Angeles, California 90035           (310) 951-3565

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