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CCRC Research Report #1
In this brief, CCRC introduces research they are conducting on the IEBC staff-focused Caring Campus initiative. First, they discuss the importance of nonacademic staff to the postsecondary student experience. They then present a theory of change for the Caring Campus approach in working with staff. Next, drawing on observations and interviews, the researchers describe the model and present two initial sets of findings about the initiative, which are related to the potential for Caring Campus to positively affect college culture and change efforts.
CCRC Research Report #2
In this second CCRC research report on the IEBC staff-focused Caring Campus initiative, CCRC reports positive findings. Its study, Implementing Caring Campus With Nonacademic Staff: Lessons From Participating Colleges, presents the implementation and impact of Caring Campus based on fieldwork at six colleges and other data. The notes that, in particular, students from historically underrepresented groups in higher education—including Black, Latinx, Native American, and first-generation students—benefit from positive interactions with college personnel that affirm their connectedness, importance, and belonging.