Journal of Catholic Higher Education

The Journal of Catholic Higher Education (JCHE) is the peer-reviewed, semiannual journal of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. It is the only international journal dedicated to the distribution of scholarly work and commentary with a focus on contemporary Catholic higher education in the United States and around the world.

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Now Available: Volume 35, Number 1
Over the past 800 years, Dominican women and men have had a profound effect on the Church, the world, and Catholic higher education. ACCU is proud to offer this new issue of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education, which showcases the variety of ways in which the Dominican charism comes alive at colleges and universities in the United States and at the Dominican Institute in Ibadan, Nigeria.

In the new issue:

Celebrating a Jubilee of Compassion and Engagement in Dominican Higher Education
Gregory Heille, OP
In 2016, as the Catholic Church celebrates an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Dominican friars celebrate their 800th Jubilee year. If the Dominican Movement can be characterized by the virtues of intellectual humility and pastoral compassion, educators at Dominican colleges and graduate schools need only turn to Pope Francis’s call in Evangelii Gaudium for all the baptized to be missionary disciples at the peripheries in order to set Dominican mission in context for putting faith into action today.

‘What We Have Seen…’: Higher Education in the Dominican Tradition
Patricia Walter, OP
Should Dominican colleges and universities be considered "schools of ophthalmology"? This essay considers contemplation as a journey into vision. The author looks at the context and motivation for the Order of Preachers, and then explores the Dominican way of seeing reality through two lenses: tradition and the signs of the times. She also reflects on education in the Dominican tradition as discourse toward a common sense and education toward the common good.

Dominican Liberal Arts Education in the New Millennium: A Defense in the Age of Homo Economicus
Gary Eberle
In an age when colleges and universities are being challenged to justify themselves in purely economic terms, Catholic and Dominican institutions must articulate the value-added nature of the education they provide. By calling on the rich Catholic/Dominican intellectual tradition, they can present a vision of a values-based liberal arts education that produces graduates who engage the contemporary world with a unique set of integrated skills and values.

Institutionalizing Mission Engagement and Leadership Formation at a Dominican University
Scott F. Smith and Roxanne S. Davies
Developing mission-centered students, faculty, and staff leaders is a common goal among Catholic higher educational institutions. This article shares how Barry University’s Dominican heritage informs its strategies for leadership development. Today, models for leadership formation, highly informed by a Dominican charism for higher education, manifest in the fabric of the university's structures and campus programming.

The Intersection of Dominican Values and Women’s and Gender Studies Pedagogy
Tara M. Tuttle
Just as Dominican clergy during the civil rights movement challenged false notions of biological, cultural, and social difference that contributed to racist practices, Dominican educators today challenge stereotypes of gender that contribute to inequities, violence, and oppression in some of the same ways that Women’s and Gender Studies programs do. Though many points of intersection exist among the values of Dominican and Women’s and Gender Studies educational programs, this article examines four principles that are most distinct among their shared goals: a respect for multiple truths, a concern for the Other, an emphasis on building inclusive learning communities, and a commitment to providing a socially useful curriculum.

Catholic Higher Education and Mission in Nigeria: The Contributions of the Dominican Institute
Iheanyi M. Enwerem, OP
The last two decades have witnessed the emergence of privately owned higher education institutions in Nigeria, including those owned by religious bodies and even by their individual members. This paper explores the extent to which these institutions, especially the church-related ones, could make corrective impact on the country’s educational system and, by extension, its moral and socio-political life. The author examines one such institution as a case study, the Nigeria-Ghana Dominican Province-owned Dominican Institute. 

Preaching for the Salvation of Souls: A School of Contemplation, Reflection, and Action
Bro. Jean-Paul Tagheu, OP
To preach is to announce the Word of God, the Good News of salvation. This announcing is not mere speech. In Dominican tradition, it is to contemplate the Truth and to hand on to others the fruit of it, in a life-giving experience and witness. This article presents a three-fold approach for creating a contemporary theology of Christian preaching, considering the life of witness and the witness of life.


Subscribers can access journal content online, through the Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library. User registration is required, and you must be a subscriber (or at an ACCU member institution) to read full articles online. Non-subscribers may access abstracts. Access to the journal's forerunner, Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, is also available through the Falvey Library site. Digitization is ongoing; check back frequently as the collection expands.


To order a subscription to JCHE, please contact The cost for readers at ACCU member institutions is $25 per issue or $50 for an annual subscription, plus shipping and handling; non-members pay $30 per issue or $60 for an annual subscription, plus shipping and handling. Please note that member institutions automatically receive three copies as a benefit of membership: one for the president, the board of directors, and the campus library.

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JCHE uses the manuscript submission and editing system of EJPress. This system provides the tools needed to efficiently manage JCHE's manuscript submissions, expanded peer-review cohort, and double-blind peer-review process.

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