Introducing the Journal of College Access

Originally published in the Journal of College Access, January 2015, and adapted with permission of the authors.

The Journal of College Access focuses on current trends, research, practices, and development of all types of programs, policies, and activities related to the access of, and success in postsecondary education. Issues of college aspiration, qualification, application, enrollment, and persistence are the primary emphases.

Introduction by the Co-Editors

Launching a new academic journal, especially one focused on college access, is a dream come true! This inaugural issue features three scholarly pieces: college and career readiness counseling training; students with intellectual disabilities; and summer support. These all are critical topics in the field of college access. We are also excited to provide guest perspectives from Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie P. Merisotis, and to showcase the voice of expert Mandy Savitz-Romer, Ph.D. of Harvard University.

Featured Articles

Advisor and Student Experiences of Summer Support for College-Intending, Low-Income High School Graduates
This piece provides important insights into “summer melt,” the phenomenon that occurs when college-bound high school graduates do not follow through on the summer activities needed to attend college in the fall. New programs suggest there are ways to reduce summer melt; this article offers excellent insights into their efficacy.

The Importance and Implementation of Eight Components of College and Career Readiness Counseling in School Counselor Education Programs
Many advocates of college access work with the eight-part framework established by the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, but are counselor educators familiar with it—and how much value do they place on each component? This study begins to address this important question, and the implications for pre-service counselor training.

Increasing Access to Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
College access is often limited to the construct of expanding opportunities to low-income students and students of color. This article identifies efforts to broaden college access to students who were once considered beyond the reach of college opportunities based on intellectual disability, a vital dimension of the college access movement that is often overlooked.

We acknowledge the support of JCA Launchthe Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network, the publishing service bepress, and Maira Bundza of Western Michigan University in helping us launch the journal and this first issue! In addition, special thanks to Fareed Shalhout and Alex Susienka who proofread the final version before we published.

We hope you enjoy reading the Journal of College Access as much as we enjoyed developing the first issue!

Pictured left to right:  ScholarWorks Librarian Maira Bundza; Co-Editor Christopher Tremblay; and Michigan College Access Network Executive Director Brandy Johnson


PatrickDr. Patrick O’Connor, associate dean for college counseling at Kingswood Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI and board member for the Michigan College Access Network.



Christopher 1 425x640Dr. Christopher W. Tremblay, associate provost for enrollment management at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI and active member of the College and Career Action Network in Kalamazoo and Michigan College Access Network.



Posted: January 28, 2015

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