Below you will find abstracts from some of the most important, recent journal articles and books about the community college. You can also obtain information about research studies being conducted by CSCC members and explore other projects by following the research links.

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Recent Books:

Akili, S. M. (2015). Net-generation student motivation to attend community college. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Bailey, T. R., Jaggars, S. S., & Jenkins, D. (2015). Redesigning America's community colleges. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Baldwin, C. (2017). The completion agenda in community colleges: what it is, why it matters, and where it’s going. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Baldwin, A., Tietje, B. C., & Stolz, P. G. (2015). The community college experience (Fourth edition.). Boston : Pearson.

Blumenstyk, G. (2015) American higher education in crisis?: what everyone needs to know. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Boggs, G. R. (2016). Practical leadership in community colleges : navigating today’s challenges. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Braxton, J. M. (Ed.) (2015). Community college faculty scholarship. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Brown, J. N. (2012). First in the World: Community colleges and America’s future. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Campa, B. (2017). The Mexican American community college experience : fostering resilience, achieving success. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield

Castro, E. L. (2015). Understanding equity in community college practice. New directions for community colleges; no. 172. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass.

Cohen, A. M., Brawer, F. B., & Kisker, C. B. (2014). The American community college. (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Daugherty, L., Johnston, W. R., & Tsai, T. (2016). Connecting college students to alternative sources of support : the Single Stop Community College Initiative and postsecondary outcomes. Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation.

Eddy, P. L., Sydow, D. L., Alfred, R. L., & Garza Mitchell, R. L. (2015). Developing tomorrow’s leaders: Context, challenges, and capabilities. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Ellis, M. M., & García, L. (Eds.). (2017). Generation X presidents leading community colleges : new challenges, new leaders. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Fleming, K. J. (2015). Maintaining strategic relevance : career and technical education program discontinuance in community and technical colleges.  Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.

Fletcher, J., Najarro, A., & Yelland, H. (2015) Fostering habits of mind in today’s students: A new approach to developmental education. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Friedel, J. N., Killacky, J., Miller, E., & Katsinas, S. (Eds.) (2014). Fifty state systems of community colleges: Mission, governance, funding, and accountability. (4th ed.). Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press.

Friedel, J. N., Salina, C. J., & Thornton, Z. M. (2015). Iowa’s community colleges : a collective history of fifty years of accomplishment. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

Gardner, M. M., Kline, K. A., & Brescani, M. J. (Eds.). (2014). Assessing student learning in the community and two-year college: Successful strategies and tools developed by practitioners in student and academic affairs. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Harbour, C. P. (2015.). John Dewey and the future of community college education. London; Bloomsbury Academic.

Harper, S. R., & Wood, J. L. (2015). Advancing Black male student success from preschool through Ph. D. (reprint). Sterling, Virginia : Stylus Publishing.

Hollis, L. P. (2016). The coercive community college : bullying and its costly impact on the mission to serve underrepresented populations (Diversity in higher education). Bingley, UK : Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Jacob, W. J., Sutin, S. E., Weidman, J. C., & Yeager, J. L. T. A.-T. T.-. (2015). Community engagement in higher education : policy reforms and practice. Rotterdam : SensePublishers.

Jones, S. J., & Smith, D. J. (Eds.). (2015). Examining the impact of community colleges on the global workforce. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Kelsay, L. S., & Zamari-Gallaher, E. M. (Eds.). (2014). Working with students in community colleges: Contemporary strategies for bringing theory, research, and practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Kirst, M. W., & Stevens, M. L. (2015). Remaking college : the changing ecology of higher education. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press. Mellow, G. O., & Heelan, C. M. (2015). Minding the dream : the process and practice of the American community college. (2nd ed.). Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield.

Kolb, M. M., Cargile, S. D., Wood, J., Ebrahimi, N., Priddy, L. E., & Dodge, L. (2015). The Urgency of Now: Equality and excellence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Levin, J. S. (2017). Community Colleges and New Universities under Neoliberal Pressures : Organizational Change and Stability. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Levin, J. S., & Kater, S. T. (Eds.). (2013). Understanding community colleges. New York, NY: Routledge.

Long, A. (Ed.) (2016). Overcoming educational racism in the community college : creating pathways to success for minority and impoverished student populations. (1st ed.). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Martí, E. (2015). America’s broken promise : bridging the community college achievement gap. Albany, NY : Hudson Whitman, Excelsior College Press.

McCartan, A. M. (2017). Unexpected influence: women who helped shape the early community college movement.  Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield.

McCrink, C. L., Whitford, H., & Stubbs, N. C. (Eds.) (2017). Global development of the community college model. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Mellow, G. O., & Heelan, C. M. (2015). Minding the dream : the process and practice of the American community college. (2nd ed.). Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield.

Mellow, G. O., Woolis, D. D., Klages-Bombich, M., & Restler, S. G. (2015). Taking college teaching seriously: Pedagogy matters! Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Mullin, C. M., Baime, D. S., & Honeyman, D. S. (2015). Community College Finance : a guide for institutional leaders. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass.

Osborn, J. (2015). Community colleges and first-generation students : academic discourse in the writing classroom. (1st ed.). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Phelan, D. J. (2015). Unrelenting change, innovation, and risk : forging the next generation of community colleges. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield.

Raby, R. L., & Valeau, E. J. (Eds.). (2016) International education at community colleges : themes, practices, and case studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rothwell, W. J., Gerity, P. E., & Carraway, V. L. (2017). Community college leaders on workforce development : opinions, observations, and future directions. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Romano, R. M., & Palmer, J. C. (2016). Financing community colleges: Where are we, where we’re going. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Scherer, J. L. & Anson, M. L. (2014). Community colleges and the access effect: Why open admissions suppresses achievement. New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan.

Schneider, M., & Deane, K. C. (2014). The university next door : what is a comprehensive university, who does it educate, and can it survive?. New York : Teachers College, Columbia University,

Staley, C. C. (2015). Focus on community college success (Fourth edition.). Boston, MA : Cengage Learning.

Sullivan, P. (2017). Economic inequality, neoliberalism, and the American community college. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Traver, A. E., & Katz, Z. P. (Eds.). (2014). Service-learning at the American community college: Theoretical and empirical perspectives. New York, NY: Palgrave Mcmillan.

Tull, A., Kuk, L., & Dalpes, P. (Eds.). (2015). Handbook for student affairs in community colleges. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Wilson, C., Smith, M., & Felton, J. A. (2017). Inclusive directions: the role of the chief diversity officer in community college leadership. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Wood, J. L., & Nevarez, C. (2014). Ethical leadership and the community college : paradigms, decision-making, and praxis. (Transformative Leadership in Postsecondary Education) Charlotte, NC : Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Wyner, J. S. (2014). What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students for Success. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Zamani- Gallaher, E. M., Lester, J., Bragg, D. D., & Hagedorn, L. S. (2014). On Community Colleges. (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.


Scholarly Journals:

Community College Review (CCR)

Community College Journal of Research and Practice (CCJRP)

New Directions for Community Colleges

Research in Higher Education

Review of Higher Education

Journal of Higher Education

Journal for Applied Research in Community Colleges (JARCC)



American Association of Community Colleges. (2016). AACC CEO Survey Compensation. Phillippe, K. A.

American Association of Community Colleges. (2016). Trends in Community College Enrollment and Completion Data. Juszkiewicz, J.

American Association of Community Colleges. (2016).  Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success.

American Association of Community Colleges. (2015). Community College Completion - Progress Toward Goal of 50% Increase.

American Association of Community Colleges. (2017). Trends in Community College Enrollment and Completion Data, 2017. Juszkiewicz, J.

The Aspen Institute. (2016). Structural Equity: Big Picture Thinking & Partnerships That Improve Community College Student Outcomes.

The Aspen Institute (2016). The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges.

The Aspen Institute (2016). Promising Practices Brief: Northern Virginia Community College's Comprehensive Solution to the Adult College Completion Challenge.

The Aspen Institute. (2016). Working Together to Strengthen America’s Immigrant Workforce: Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Immigrant-Serving Organizations. Montez, M. & Choitz, V.

The Aspen Institute. (2016). Tracking Transfer.

The Aspen Institute. (2015).  Working Together and Making A Difference: Virginia Western Community College and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Partnership Case Study Report. Browning, B., Hatcher, M. A., & MONTES, M. 

The Aspen Institute. (2015).  A Snapshot of Courses to Employment Partnerships Results from a National Survey of Nonprofit Community College Collaborations.

The Aspen Institute. (2016). Models of Success: An archive of case studies done under Skills for America's Future highlighting effective partnerships that benefit community colleges, businesses, and students. Colborn, J. & Jenkins, N.

The Aspen Institute. (2016).  Promising Practices Brief: The Power of Pell Mott Community College’s Use of Federal Aid to Train Unemployed Workers and Dissolve Silos Between Credit and Noncredit.

The Aspen Institute. (2016).  Promising Practices Brief: Flipping the Classroom Austin Community College’s Blended, Interactive Approach to Strengthening Student Progression.

The Aspen Institute. (2016). Using Comparative Information to Improve Student Success.

The Aspen Institute. (2016). Capacity Building in Community Colleges for Student Career Success: How Public and Philanthropic Grants Can Help Build Capacity. Yarrow, A.L.

Brookings. (2016). Fulfilling the Promise of Community College: The ASAP Demonstrations. Dynarski, S. M. & Oster, M.

Brookings. (2017). Connecting community colleges with employers: A toolkit for building successful partnerships. Mann, E.

Brookings. (2016). Preparing America's labor force: Workforce development programs in public community colleges. Soliz, A.

Research Links:

  • Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) (University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign Mission is to use research and evaluation methods to improve policies, programs and practices to enhance community college education and transition to college for diverse learners in Illinois and the United States.
  • Office of Community College Research and Policy (OCCRP) (Iowa State University)                              Goal is to provide relevant and timely research and policy information that will inform scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and leaders about the role and impact of community colleges on individuals and society.
  • 21st Century Educational Leadership Profiles Project (University of Florida)
    Serves as a resource for higher educational institutions in candidate selection for administrative positions and/or professional development plans for existing personnel.
  • American Association of Community Colleges
    Participates in a wide variety of national projects and programs, such as Tech Prep, health and HIV, and service learning.
  • Center for Community College Policy (Education Commission of the States)
    Supports the development of public policy that encourages the development of effective and innovative community colleges across the United States.
  • Community College Research Center (Columbia University)
    Promotes research on major issues affecting the development, growth and changing roles of community colleges in the United States.
  • Community College Survey of Student Engagement (University of Texas-Austin)
    Provides information on learning-centered indicators of quality for community colleges. The survey is a versatile, research-based tool that will be useful to colleges as a benchmarking instrument, diagnostic tool, and monitoring device.
  • League for Innovation in the Community College
    Leads a number of projects and competitions with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies.
  • Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education
    Handles issues related to public policy and community colleges, including finance, administration, and alternative teacher certification.
  • Center for Urban Education (University of Southern California)                                                        Leads socially conscious research and develops tools needed for institutions of higher education to produce equity in student outcomes.