About This Journal


A student-run, open-access journal, the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs provides a venue for international, interdisciplinary scholarship that examines higher education and student affairs through the explicit use of critical frameworks. The journal strives to provide meaningful, intentional, and actionable scholarship that can effect change on and with campus and community, understanding their interdependence and interrelated nature. As such, this journal seeks to serve the promotion of justice in “openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others” (Loyola University Chicago, n.d.)*


  • The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs has a vision to:
  • Become an internationally-recognized journal focused on issues of social justice in postsecondary education;
  • Embody the potential of collaborative efforts across and beyond institutional borders by intentionally dialoguing and formulating solutions to serve the public good;
  • Engage with the community and decenter academia as the source of all knowledge;
  • Support scholars, scholar-practitioners, and practitioners through developmental feedback and guidance, including, but not limited to, theoretical/conceptual development, linking theory to practice, writing, and copyediting.

What Makes Us Unique

  • JCSHESA is the only journal utilizing critical social theories, frameworks, and community-wide (within and outside of academia) engagement to exclusively focus on interrogating higher education and student affairs.
  • Editors and authors engage in an open-review, peer-review process. (Please note that depending on the journal's leadership structure, the open-review process may not be used. Please see the Review Process page for more information).
  • This journal adheres to a developmental process for all manuscript editing.
  • Articles are published on a rolling basis thereby providing timely scholarship. The "ideal" timeline from submission to publication for accepted articles is five months.
  • The journal has a commitment to accessibility meaning that authors with accepted manuscripts are asked to provide a two-minute video describing their work, a discussant will record a short review of each article, or a research in brief is published with each manuscript.
  • The community is engaged with the development and success of this journal at all levels (authors, reviewers, and advisory council).
  • All editors and reviewers adhere to an ethics of care statement (see Policies).


JCSHESA is housed at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Education's Higher Education program.
*Loyola University Chicago (n.d.). Our Mission. Retrieved from http://www.luc.edu/mission/mission_vision.shtml