Community College Review Protocol
- The objective of this systematic review is to determine the quality of existing causal evidence on the effectiveness of community college policies and programs to improve academic persistence and degree/certificate completion.
- The review focuses on community colleges, which are public, two-year postsecondary institutions that account for approximately one-quarter of all higher education institutions and more than one-third of all enrolled students.
- This topic area currently includes research with causal analyses but could later be expanded to include research that describes lessons learned from the implementation of community college policies and programs. The Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) reviewers assess the quality of causal evidence presented in studies with causal designs.
- The topic area currently focuses on community college bridge programs but could later be expanded to include other types of community college programs.