Journal of Catholic Higher Education

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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.

NewNow Available: Volume 33, Number 1

The new edition of JCHE includes Jacqueline Powers Doud’s powerful account of her experience as the first lay president of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. Doud observes keenly, “The future of Catholic higher education, as it moves to lay leadership, includes many potential lay leaders who are eager to advance the great enterprise of Catholic higher education.”

In addition, the issue presents a special focus on Mercy education. This charism sprung from one woman’s intimate commitment and vision, that of founder Catherine McAuley. Authors from Carlow University, the University of Saint Joseph, Mercyhurst University, and the University of Detroit Mercy contribute articles that discuss various ways of instilling McAuley’s vision into higher education.

Abstracts of all articles, as well as the full Introduction. are viewable without a password. Users must log in to read full articles.

In the new issue:

Personal Reflections of a First Lay President
by Jacqueline Powers Doud

Cultivating Sacramentality through Administrative Work: Guidance from St. Benedict on Being a Catholic Department Chair
by Rodger Narloch

Special Focus on Mercy Higher Education:

Setting a Mercy Curriculum in Motion: The First-Year Learning Community as Campus-wide Collaboration
by Karyn Sproles, Elizabeth McClintock, and Christopher Meaner

General Education Assessment and Fulfilling the Mercy Mission at the University of Saint Joseph
by Kevin J. Callahan

At the Intersection of Catholic and Mercy: There’s an Elephant in the Room
by Mary Hembrow Snyder, Alice Edwards, and Richard W. McCarthy

Mercy Mission and Transformative Change: Evaluation of a Revised Governance Structure
by Sandra G. Affenito, Judy Artz, and Vivian Carlson

Charism and Commerce: Business Education in the Mercy Context
by Joseph G. Eisenhauer


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. Nonsubscribers 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.

Manuscript Submissions and Peer Review

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.

  • AuthorsPlease submit manuscripts via our online submission system. Visit our EJ Press webpage to read author instructions, create an account, and submit your manuscript electronically. 
  • Peer Reviewers: If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please visit our EJ Press webpage to read reviewer instructions, and create a username and password. Please fill in your contact information, as well as your areas of expertise. If you are already among our peer reviewers, you can use your username and password to log in to EJPress at any time. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers here for both authors' and peer reviewers' most frequent questions.

Information for Authors:

  • Call for Articles
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines
  • Journal Audience
  • Style and Format
  • Author Style Guide
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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