Graduate students publish sixth volume of Higher Education in Review

The sixth volume of Higher Education in Review (HER) has been published by graduate students in the Higher Education Program at Penn State. This year, the journal was co-edited by Meghan Pifer and Brad Cox.

According to Pifer, HER has tapped into an educational and professional development need for graduate students since its inception in 2003. Submissions from across the country are on the rise, and the co-editors have received encouraging feedback from faculty members within the program and the broader higher education community.

“Serving on the journal's editorial board is a rewarding opportunity. It's been a key experience in my own doctoral education. I expect that Higher Education in Review will continue to grow and receive strong support. It's a great opportunity for graduate students to get involved in the publishing process, particularly for students here at Penn State,” said Pifer.

The peer-reviewed journal's mission is to make a contribution to the higher education literature and to create opportunities for graduate students to engage in the publishing process. Only manuscripts written by graduate students are accepted. Submissions from students at other universities are accepted and encouraged.

The journal is distributed across Penn State University and to academic institutions nationwide. Each volume is available electronically on the Higher Education in Review Web site at For more information about the journal, please visit this Web site or e-mail

The following articles are included in Volume 6 of the journal.

Bradley E. Cox and Meghan J. Pifer (Penn State)
Cultivating Excellence in Academic Writing and Publishing: Our Individual and Collective Responsibilities

Nathan F. Alleman and Dorothy E. Finnegan (The College of William and Mary)
“Believe You Have a Mission in Life and Steadily Pursue It”: Campus YMCAs Presage Student Development Theory, 1894-1930

Willis A. Jones (Vanderbilt University)
Neoliberalism in the Spellings Report: A Language-in-Use Discourse Analysis

Ann E. Austin (Michigan State University)
Becoming a Writer

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Last Updated November 18, 2010