Center Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges
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, the number and quality of proposals, and their associated budgetary requirements.
Center Grants are awarded to graduate students, faculty, administrators, and other scholars whose proposed research displays one or more of the attributes below:
Research design and questions that take on broad issues of importance to community colleges and to society at large.
Innovative methodological and/or conceptual approaches to research on community colleges.
Clear, concise writing style that can effectively communicate the purpose and results of the project to both lay and scholarly audiences.
Concrete ideas for how research findings might be utilized to improve community college policy and/or practice (grant dollars may be utilized for this purpose).
Information about the next round of Center Grants for Innovative Research on Community Colleges will be issued in Fall 2021.
Previous Center Grant Recipients
Dr. Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier
The 2019 Center Grant for Innovative Research was awarded to Dr. Nicholas Tapia Fusilier, assistant professor of leadership, research, and foundations at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for his project titled Examining the Meaning of DREAM Centers through a Critical Narrative Case Study.
Dr. Carol Cutler White
In 2018, a Center Grant for Innovative Research was awarded to Dr. Carol Cutler White, assistant professor of community college leadership at Mississippi State University, for her project titled Reframing the Community College Narrative in the State Policy Debate.
Dr. Rosline Sumpter
In 2018, a Center Grant for Innovative Research was awarded to Dr. Rosline Sumpter, associate vice president for curriculum, instruction, and research at the South Carolina Technical College System, for her project titled Black Female Completion and Non-Completion in the Community College.
Dr. Elvira Abrica
Dr. Deryl Hatch-Tocaimaza
Dr. Minervia Tuliao
The 2017 Center Grant for Innovative Research was awarded to Drs. Elvira Abrica (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Deryl Hatch-Tocaimaza (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Minervia Tuliao (Texas Tech University), for their project titled Immigrant Pathways in the Nebraska Community College System: Toward a Consideration of the "Immigrant Serving Institution."
Dr. Sarah Rodriguez
Dr. Marissa Vasquez Urias
Dr. Cristobal Salinas
In 2018, a Center Grant for Innovative Research was awarded to Drs. Sarah Rodriguez (Texas A&M, Commerce), Marissa Vasquez Urias (San Diego State University), and Cristobal Salinas (Florida Atlantic University) for their project titled Latino Men & Masculinity: Experiences in Community College Transfer in Texas, California,
Dr. Susanna Spaulding
In 2016, a Center Grant for Innovative Research was awarded to Dr. Susanna Spaulding, professor of business and entrepreneurship at Colorado Mountain College, for her project titled Identifying Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Education and the Community College: Support Programs for Community & Civic Engagement.