The mission of CCEAL is to develop knowledge and advance promising practices that enhance access, achievement and success among underserved students of color. CCEAL was developed to advance three objectives:
- to conduct and disseminate empirical research on the experiences of historically underrepresented and underserved students in community colleges;
- to provide training that improves practices and research relevant to students of color in community colleges; and
- to use assessment and evaluation to facilitate capacity-building within community colleges.
More than 150 institutions have employed CCEAL instruments to better understand challenges facing underserved students and to design institutional interventions focused on redressing disproportionate outcomes. CCEAL has developed rigorously validated tools for assessing institutional efforts and outcomes relevant to underserved students of color. These instruments include the Community College Success Measure (CCSM), Community College Student Success Inventory (CCSSI), Community College Insights Protocol (CCIP), Male Program Assessment for College Excellence (M-PACE), Community College Instructional Development Inventory (CC-IDI), and Community College Staff Development Inventory (CC-SDI).
CCEAL houses the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) and the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) which host trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color.
The vision of CCEAL is to become the hub of knowledge, research, and promising practices for advancing the success of underserved students of color who attend community colleges.