Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges. Peer-Reviewed Since 1993

The Journal of applied research in the community college (JARCC) is accepting manuscripts for its Fall 2024 edition.


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The JARCC Legacy

The Journal of Applied Research in the Community College (JARCC) has been in operation since 1993. It was originally sponsored by the National Council for Research and Planning (NCR&P) an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and published by New Forums Press, Inc. In 2014, the NCR&P was disbanded and the publisher was going to stop publishing the journal.

In 2014 two faculty members affiliated with San Diego State University (SDSU), intervened and assumed responsibility for the JARCC. As community college scholars, they understood the critical need to continue the journals legacy, given the scarcity of vehicles to publish research for this important sector of higher education. The first edition of the JARCC under new ownership appeared in the spring of 2015.

Today the JARCC is sponsored by the SDSU Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education, the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership at SDSU and the SDSU Community College Leaders Alumni Chapter. It is published by Montezuma Publishing, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the SDSU community.

JARCC Vision and Mission

The vision for the JARCC is as follows:

To provide a forum for equity minded scholarship and practice briefs to be shared with community college practitioners and researchers in order to enhance institutional effectiveness, inclusive campus environments, reflexive leadership and equitable student outcomes.

The JARCC’s mission is to:

Produce a semi-annual, refereed publication that includes cutting edge, applied research articles along with beneficial practice briefs that enhance community college education. The JARCC’s intended audience includes community college practitioners such as administrators, faculty, staff and institutional researchers as well as university faculty and graduate students interested in advancing community college research. We also include professionals affiliated with associations and organizations oriented toward community colleges.

We are interested in serving as a transmitter of research for university professors who study community colleges; their students, faculty, administrators and staff. Also, a priority for us is community college practitioners and university researchers who develop practice briefs for the benefit of practitioners that provide concrete recommendations on what to do and/or how to approach pressing educational challenges based on empirical evidence and sound theoretical principles.

The JARCC sees itself as an outlet for first-time authors who through dissertation research or campus-based research conducted by community college administrators, faculty or staff who desire to share their research on a wider scale. A core constituency remains university faculty who conduct and publish community college oriented research. However, we desire to go beyond this important group.

Our North Star is to produce research articles and practice briefs that undergo a rigorous editorial review and by, at least, two external, expert reviewers that contribute to advancing community college development and progress.


Executive Editors

Dr. Bill Piland, Professor Emeritus, SDSU
Dr. Marissa Vasquez, Associate Professor, SDSU

Managing Editor

Vacant at this time