Volume 8 Editorial Board

Peter Moran

Associate Editor for Layout:
Rodney Hughes

Associate Editor for Operations:
Ezekiel Kimball

Associate Editor for Production:

Claire Gilbert

Managing Editor

David Knight.

Faculty Adviser:
Robert D. Reason


College of Education

Higher Education Program

Center for the Study of Higher Education

Higher Education Student Association

Past Issues

Volume 6: 2009
From the Editors' Introduction: Also, in a departure from previous volumes, we include an editorial in Volume 6, titled Cultivating Excellence in Academic Writing and Publishing: Our Individual and Collective Responsibilities. This essay highlights three topics through which we encourage readers to reflect on the role of publishing in the scholarly community. These topics include the purpose, ethics, and discourse of academic publishing. [. . .] In the first article, “Believe You Have a Mission in Life and Steadily Pursue It”: Campus YMCAs Presage Student Development Theory, 1894-1930, Nathan F. Alleman and Dorothy E. Finnegan examine hundred-year-old student handbooks to articulate the unique contributions of campus YMCAs in the years preceding a formalized student affairs profession. [. . .] In Neoliberalism in the Spellings Report: A Language-in-Use Discourse Analysis, Willis A. Jones argues that a neoliberal philosophy underlies the analysis, interpretation, and recommendations presented in the Spellings Report. Jones concludes by discussing the potential consequences of such an approach to education. [. . .] In the concluding essay, Becoming a Writer, we invited Dr. Ann E. Austin to articulate how writing for publication can serve as a powerful mechanism of socialization as students transition through graduate school and into their professional roles in the academy.

Volume 5: 2008
From the Editor's Introduction: In the opening article, “Politics of State Higher Education Funding,” David A. Tandberg explores the influence of political ideology and structure on state-level funding of higher education, using data from all 50 states over 24 years. [. . .] Holly Holloway-Friesen, author of “The Invisible Immigrants: Revealing 1.5 Generation Latino Immigrants and Their Bicultural Identities,” offers insight into the lives of a little-studied group of students – those Latino/as who immigrated to the United States as children, establishing them as 1.5 Generation students who live between cultures. [. . .] In her critique, “The Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education: Global Competitiveness as a Motivation for Postsecondary Reform,” Casey E. George-Jackson considers the recommendations of the Commission from a historical perspective. [. . .]  Jerry L. Tatum and Ralph Charlton, authors of “A Phenomenological Study of How Selected College Men Construct and Define Masculinity,” use a qualitative lens to explore male students’ construction of masculinity and its influences. [. . .] In the concluding essay, “Getting it Almost, Approximately, Just About Right,” Drs. Patrick T. Terenzini and Ernest T. Pascarella accept our invitation to reflect on their collaborative scholarly efforts and offer words of insight to future higher education scholars.

Volume 4: 2007
From the Editor's Introduction: Samuel D. Museus, Brenda R. Lutovsky, and Carol L. Colbeck, authors of the opening article, focus on state policy. They use survey research and quantitative methods to investigate equity and access in students’ participation within dual enrollment programs in Pennsylvania. In “Revenue Diversification: A Comparison of Russian and Chinese Higher Education,” Ying Liu uses comparative methods to conduct a financial policy analysis of the higher education systems in China and Russia. [. . .] Using a phenomenological approach, Janice A. Wiersema and Barbara L. Licklider identify how holding students accountable for their own learning influences students’ academic success. [. . .] Sarah B. Dougherty examines the current literature on academic advising for high-achieving college students and highlights the unique challenges involved in assisting these students. [. . .]  April K. Heiselt and Amy Aldous Bergerson intersect Bourdieu’s notions of social capital, habitus, and taste with qualitative methods to investigate why students work in college and the implications of college student employment.

Volume 3: 2006
From the Editor's Introduction: This year’s issue features three articles and an invited essay. Betty J. Harper in her paper, “Women’s Colleges in the Era of Gender Equity: A Review of the Literature on the Effects of Institutional Gender on Women,” asks what role women’s colleges play in today’s higher education landscape. [. . .] David A. Tandberg examines how institutions create alliances with other institutions and other organizations (some of them outside the realm of education) in, “State-Level Higher Education Interest Group Alliances.” What kind of contributions can institutions—and in particular, their students—make to society? Emily M. Janke takes on this question in her paper, “The Promise of Public Scholarship for Undergraduate Research: Developing Students’ Civic and Academic Scholarship Skills.” And, back to the original question of “Why should students participate in the scholarly process?” we find an answer in the essay, “Why We Write,” by Professor Roger L. Geiger.

Volume 2: 2005

From the Editor's Introduction: The field of higher education administration is characterized by a diversity of disciplinary perspectives, a multiplicity of methodological approaches, and a range of topical interests spanning the spectrum from theoretical to practical problems. As editors, we are delighted with the way the journal has represented these features of the field. In the current volume, Penn State doctoral student and archivist Jackie Esposito revisits one of the most important pieces of federal legislation in American history, the GI Bill, and its influence in the relative participations of women at selected institutions. Jodi Fisler, Ph.D. student in the College of William & Mary, provides a historical account of one of the multiple educational experiments of colleges and universities in the early 20th century that failed to get institutionalized: the William & Mary Department of Aeronautics. Samuel Museus, doctoral student at Penn State, and Darwin Hendel, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, examine the ways that SAT scores impact the development of academic self-efficacy and educational plans among entering college students.

Volume 1: 2004
From the Editor's Introduction: This issue contains three engaging articles that explore topics in higher education from three different angles: curriculum, organizational theory, and administration. Christian Anderson and Kirk Diehl, in An Analysis of Deep Springs College, explore the curriculum of a unique two-year liberal arts college for men, which is situated in a remote parcel of land in the Sierra Mountains of California. Michelle Stine's work, Exploring Information Technology, challenges the reader to consider how an institutional unit, in this case Information Technology, influences organizational dynamics. Marcus Lingenfelter's piece, Presidential Search Consultants in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature, delves into research on presidential searches to examine how an external group such as search consultants influences the selection of an institution's chief administrator.

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