Develop evidence-based practices by using research on the effectiveness of community college policies and programs related to improving academic persistence, degree/certificate completion, and labor market outcomes of community college students.


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) recently made that easier by adding more than 120 such studies to its community college topic areaCLEAR identifies and summarizes many types of research, including descriptive, implementation, and impact studies.  In addition, CLEAR assesses the quality of research that looks at the effectiveness of particular policies and programs. 

The newly refreshed community college topic area, which covers impact evaluations from 1994-2019, includes research relevant to community college programs and policies.  The topic area focuses on linked learning communities, accelerated learning, and paid performance incentive programs.  It also focuses on community college bridge programs for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), workforce program partnerships, and community-college based interventions intended to improve employment and earning outcomes and the attainment of industry-recognized certificates, certifications and credentials.