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  • A Note from the Editor
  • Scott L. Thomas

Professor Leonard Baird, the outgoing editor of The Journal of Higher Education, has served as a faithful steward to the field during a time of unprecedented change in higher education. Despite these dramatic changes in our field over the almost 17-year tenure of Professor Baird, the set of principles guiding the editorial policy of the Journal endures. Stated best in 1971 by the then editor of the Journal, Robert Silverman (and reaffirmed by Professor Baird in 1995):

...we favor manuscripts that deal with the implications of research studies on higher education, discuss emerging policy problems and issues, examine existing concepts and analyze concepts that seem to be outmoded, and report on case studies which have significant implications subject to generalization. And we must emphasize that we place a premium on good writing - we are not interested in warmed over convocation addresses or synopses of doctoral dissertations. We want rigor in our manuscripts and a focusing on theoretical, empirical, and practical issues. The Journal's mission is to help the higher education community understand its dynamics and improve its operation.

The principles articulated by Silverman more than 40 years ago remain core. However, as I assume the editorship of the Journal, I offer four amendments to accommodate the contemporary realities of our field. First, we will continue to encourage and solicit a multiplicity of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on higher education problems. Second, we will strive to keep a methodological balance that is sensitive to traditional qualitative/quantitative and mixed methods approaches. At the same time, we will remain open to and encouraging of the new forms of inquiry resulting from the necessary evolution in our questions, theories, and methodologies. Third, while the Journal is not an international or comparative journal, we will encourage manuscripts that [End Page v] are sensitive to the globalized nature of the educational processes and institutions that are the focus of our research. Finally, we will continue to demand that work appearing in these pages exhibit clear and practical connections to the public sphere.

I extend my gratitude to Professor Baird for the foundation he has nurtured across his tenure as editor. Our field is stronger for his efforts and, with your continued support, I hope to be able to build on his good work. [End Page vi]



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