Research

Wheelhouse Research

Overview

Wheelhouse publishes timely, readily understood and actionable briefs for decision-maker audiences statewide, including community college administrators and trustees, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and Board of Governors, the Office of the Governor, the State Legislature and media covering higher education. In addition, our periodic surveys of California Community Colleges trustees, CEOs and students are an important pulse-taking for the community college system and closely inform our institute curriculum.

We’ve also developed and sustained a statewide network of researchers whose work connects to our mission. Our annual Scholars’ Retreat brings together academics from San Diego State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, University of Southern California and select non-California universities for research collaboration, peer feedback and learning. To cultivate the next generation of California Community Colleges-focused scholars, we include graduate students working with our affiliated scholars at these institutions.

Featured Research

Leading as Myself: California Community College CEO Reflections on Personal and Institutional Growth Across a Year of Racial Reckoning (Bush, Cooper, Escobar, Kurlaender and Rodriguez, 2021)

Financial Aid for California Community College Students (Kurlaender, Martorell, Friedmann, 2021)

A Rising Tide: Dual Enrollment is Growing Among California High School Students (Wheelhouse, California Education Lab, and PACE, 2020)

ADTs at Year 10 (Baker, Kurlaender, Friedmann, 2020)

Toward a More Perfect Institution: Reflections from California Community College Leaders on Racism, Anti-Blackness and Implicit Bias (Bush, Cooper, Kurlaender and Rodriguez, 2020)

2021

A Foot in the Door: Growth in Participation and Equity in Dual Enrollment in California (Kurlaender, Reed, Grosz, Mathias and Hughes, 2021)

Leading as Myself: California Community College CEO Reflections on Personal and Institutional Growth Across a Year of Racial Reckoning (Bush, Cooper, Escobar, Kurlaender and Rodriguez, 2021)

Everybody Pulling in the Same Direction: The COVID-19 Shift to Online Delivery of Instruction and Student Services (Hart, Xu, Hill and Alonso, 2021)

Course Closed: Using Waitlists to Study the Effects of Course Shutouts on Community College Students (Robles, Gross and Fairlie, 2021)

Financial Aid for California Community College Students (Kurlaender, Martorell, Friedmann, 2021)

A Portrait of Student Parents in the California Community Colleges: A New Analysis of Financial Aid Seekers with Dependent Children (Reed, Grosz, Kurlaender and Cooper, 2021)

Like a Juggler: The Experiences of Racially Minoritized Student Parents in a California Community College (Huerta, Rios-Aguilar, Ramirez and Muñoz, 2021)

Higher Learning Inside: An Exploration of the Demographic Make-up of Incarcerated Persons Taking Postsecondary Courses in California (Britton, Friedmann and Adan, 2021)

2020

A Rising Tide: Dual Enrollment is Growing Among California High School Students (Wheelhouse, California Education Lab, and PACE, 2020)

ADTs at Year 10 (Baker, Kurlaender, Friedmann, 2020)

Turning on a Dime: California Community College Transformation in Response to COVID-19 (Cooper, Hart, Kurlaender, Rios-Aguilar, Rodriguez and Sublett, 2020)

Toward a More Perfect Institution: Reflections from California Community College Leaders on Racism, Anti-Blackness and Implicit Bias (Bush, Cooper, Kurlaender and Rodriguez, 2020)

A Leg Up on College: The Scale and Distribution of Community College Participation Among California High School Students  (Friedmann, Kurlaender, Li and Rumberger, 2020)

2019

Starting off on the Wrong Foot: Math Misalignment and STEM Outcomes in California Community Colleges (Park, Ngo and Melguizo, 2019)

Who’s on Line One? The Delicate Juggling Act of Community College CEOs (Cooper and Benson, 2019)

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

2018

Associate Degrees for Transfer: A Snapshot of Progress Across CA Community Colleges (Baker, Kurlaender and Friedmann, 2018)

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

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

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

2017

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

Associate Degrees for Transfer: Early Effects on Degree Completion in CA Community Colleges (Baker, 2017)

Talk to Me: What California Community College Trustees Want
from their CEOs
(Cooper, 2017)

2016

Tough Job if You Can Keep It: What California Community College CEOs Say About Their Challenges and Longevity (Cooper, 2016)

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