Wheelhouse Research

Wheelhouse conducts, translates, packages and disseminates timely, relevant, rigorous, third-party research to inform policy development for Community College leaders and state and local policymakers. Our goal is to present information that is both actionable and readily understood. 

Our annual CEO Survey is an important pulse-taking for the Community College System as a whole. We also use it to inform curriculum development in our leadership institutes.

Our Research Briefs are designed to present clear findings and recommendations for audiences including policymakers, elected and administrative college leadership, and the general public.

Research Briefs

Our peer reviewed briefs, written by researchers conducting timely and rigorous inquiry into community college issues, are designed to bring trends, challenges and accomplishments into sharp focus for audiences ranging from district and college CEOs to state and local policymakers to the general public.

The goal of the briefs is to cull the most salient findings, render them in readable prose, and provide key policy questions or recommendations on action steps supported by evidence. We look to provide not just the “what,” but the “so, what.”

Why do Some Students Fail to Receive Pell Grants? (Friedmann and Mortorell, 2019)

Text Me: The Promise of Strategic Nudging to Increase Student Awareness and Access to Financial Aid (Rios-Aguilar, Martinez, Graves, Lopez, and Deli-Amen, 2018)

Money Left on the Table: An Analysis of Pell Grant Receipt Among Financially-Eligible Community College Students in California (Martorell and Friedmann, 2018)

College Quality: The Promises and Pitfalls of Measurement (Kurlaender, Carrell and Jackson, 2018)

Early Effects on Degree Completion in CA Community Colleges (Baker, 2017)

A Snapshot of Progress Across CA Community Colleges (Baker, Kurlaender and Friedmann, 2018)

A Missed Opportunity for Equity? Early Observations on CA’s Community College BA Pilot (Cuellar and Gandara, 2017)

Survey Research

Read about our most recent 2019 survey findings, Who’s on Line One? The Delicate Juggling Act of Community  

Our earlier survey findings, Talk to Me – findings from the 2017 Trustee Surveyare also available. 

Learn about and download our first California community college CEO survey, administered in March 2016 here.

Read about the findings in our survey brief, Tough Job If You Can Keep It. 

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