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Funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE-2100029),CCCI is a longitudinal mixed methods study of change and innovation in technical education and associated implications, consequences, and lasting impacts. Running from June 2021 to May 2024, the project is led by Principal Investigator Xueli Wang (UW–Madison), Co-Principal Investigators Turina Bakken and Mary Ellen Kraus (Madison College), with insight and support from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

In response to the unprecedented challenges and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis, community and technical colleges across the country have swiftly modified their instructional approaches and countless other aspects of operation in advanced technological education. In light of the influx of numerous rapid changes, timely research is needed to bring clarity, focus, and direction to ensure that students’ needs are fully addressed. This is what Crisis as Catalyst for Change and Innovation sets out to do.