Doctoral students create an academic journal devoted to leadership in higher education


The new Open Educational Resource (OER) journal from the University of Colorado at Denver, Case on Leadership for Equity and Justice in Higher Education (CLEJHE), is a peer-reviewed academic journal (Denver, Colorado) dedicated to the rapid dissemination of case studies involving higher education leadership. It is led by an editorial board and peer review team of doctoral students, and a faculty oversight committee at CU Denver School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) Leadership for Education EdD Higher Education-Equity Program. The journal is available through a Creative Commons license to support greater global knowledge exchange in higher education.

Production of Volume 1 of the journal proceeded quickly and successfully, even during the pandemic. The current editorial board of higher education doctoral students, including Dan Lawrence, Jacquelyn Ray, and Brian DeLevie, also an associate professor at the University of Denver College of Arts and Media have set themselves the goal of publishing the journal every two years. The team appreciated the journal’s shared leadership model. He helped bring together students and faculty from multiple cohorts of the PhD program as authors, reviewers, advisors, and editors. “Serving as editors has given us an insider’s perspective on current issues and challenges facing our field,” said Dan Lawrence, director of library services at Community College of Aurora. “It was an honor to work on an open access publication that has the potential to encourage the use of equity-focused cases in higher education leadership studies.”

EdD students Jennifer Husum, Erin Hutchinson, and Janell Oberlander-Haefs provided additional editorial support for the production.

Student diaries of this type are common in law schools, but they are rare in higher education doctoral programs. “I don’t know of any other exclusively student-run journal in higher education,” said Scott Bauer, acting co-dean and SEHD faculty member. Leadership for Educational Organizations program. “We are committed to using cases as part of our signature pedagogy in our higher education concentration. Students write cases as part of their learning experience in one of their first courses in the program. The creation of the journal naturally materialized.

The journal includes new higher education case studies that are written to be accessible to a wide audience, including students and faculty. EdD students and their academic advisors solicit manuscript submissions, provide scholarly commentary, edit, reconstitute, and publish the journal. CLEJHE follows the policy of double-blind peer review where the identity of the author is not revealed to the reviewers and vice versa. This process helps students give or accept peer review advice and allows them to share their scholarly writings. Each case study was reviewed by at least three people, mostly students, and at least one faculty member or advisory board member.

CLEJHE is the first open-access, doctoral-level student-run journal published by CU Denver. Content from the first volume includes cases on organizational change, student enrollment, change management, organizational leadership, and student success. Two of the three editorial board members have a background in library science and therefore know the ins and outs of online publishing.

Diane Hegeman, a member of the journal’s faculty oversight committee and a faculty member of the program, sees immense value in open access higher education case studies: “While tuition and price textbooks are increasing for students at all levels, creating OER can help minimize costs for students everywhere. Our goal is to provide current and relevant cases that apply to today’s higher education issues and using this format allows us to do this without using textbooks that quickly become outdated. Cases with this amount of depth and breadth can be used as teaching tools. They are extremely difficult to find in higher education settings.

The production of the magazine is made possible thanks to the work of Brad Hinson, Dennis DeBay, Remi Kalir and Sabina Sariyska in Thinq Studio and two REL scholarships from Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), totaling $60,000 received in 2020 and 2022. The grants strengthened the technology infrastructure required to produce the journal and bring additional online publications on board for what the university calls ThinqStudio Open Press. OER is a central goal of CU’s new digital education strategy.

“We are thrilled to see our OER grant program come to life through the CU Denver graduate student-led open journal,” said Dr. Kim Poast, Director of Student Success and Academic Affairs for the Department of Education. upper Colorado. “As a faculty member of the Higher Education Equity in Education program, it is even more inspiring to witness policy convergence at the state level, practice and scholarship. We look forward to expanding this important work.

Those interested in submitting case studies for consideration should submit them by the September 26 deadline for publication on December 31, 2022. Submission guidelines can be found at Volume 2 is scheduled for late summer 2022.

To access CLEJHE and download free higher education case studies, visit:


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