The Community College Interdisciplinary Research Forum (CCIRF) is a graduate student-run Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop dedicated to the expanding field of community college research. Our membership includes both masters and doctoral students from a range of disciplines who are interested in community college research and practice; many of us have attended, worked, or taught in community colleges, as well.

CCIRF's mission is fourfold:

  • To create a supportive interdisciplinary space in which faculty and graduate students engaged in community college research can meet colleagues, share their work, and access the group's collective knowledge and resources.
  • To provide opportunities for community college researchers and future practitioners to learn from each others interests and experiences.
  • To facilitate interdisciplinary educational events and exchanges that increase awareness of and appreciation for community college research, including book discussions, guest speakers, and conferences.
  • To create opportunities for researchers and future practitioners to connect and collaborate with instructors, institutional researchers, and administrative leaders at community colleges across the region.

CCIRF is funded by the Rackham Graduate School through the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop program.  More information can be found here: