Laura Owen, executive director of the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University, and Christopher Tremblay, executive director of enrollment management and student affairs for the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, are two of the four editors-in-chief for the Journal of College Access. MCAN is an affiliated partner of the journal.

The Journal of College Access (JCA) had a busy end of 2022. We welcomed seven new members to our editorial board and we published our second issue, adding three more research articles to the college access literature.


The December 2022 edition of the journal included three peer-reviewed articles, a book review, and a commentary.

The first article, “The Impact of Optional: Investigating the Effects of Test-Optional Admissions Policies” (Paris, et al.), looks at the impact of test optional admissions policies on college applications, acceptances, and enrollment. Additionally, the authors investigate the racial and socioeconomic composition of campuses following the adoption of test-optional policies.

Edwin et al. look at the impact of academic aspirations and career uncertainty on students’ college outcomes. They draw attention to a slow but concerning decline in postsecondary institutional enrollment between fall of 2009 and 2019. While there is evidence linking career certainty and academic aspirations to college outcomes, they note that no national studies have looked at the impact of career uncertainty and academic aspirations on students’ college outcomes.

Using the 2009 High School Longitudinal Study, Brookover & Johnson look at the connection between school counselor access and postsecondary outcomes. They find access to college readiness counseling impacts college persistence and attainment for multiracial students and those living in low socioeconomic status. The authors call for the interrogation of the school system that historically and continuously underserves these student groups.

Finally, JCA co-editor-in-chief Christopher Tremblay reviewed the book “Early Colleges as a Model for Schooling: New Pathways for Access to Higher Education,” and JCA co-editor-in-chief Patrick O’Connor wrote about the impact of COVID on college access.


JCA expanded its editorial board to 15 by welcoming six new members from institutions in four states. In addition, a fourth editor-in-chief has been added. A list of all editorial board members is available online.


Diana Camillo, Assistant Professor in the College of Education Counseling Program at California State University, San Bernardino, has joined the JCA Editorial Board as its fourth editor-in-chief. Camillo served as a guest editor for the 2021 special issue, “College Access and Success for Undocumented Students.” Her work predominantly explores culturally responsive practices, school counseling, and the college and career readiness of minoritized populations. She also serves as co-director of the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University.


Dana Brookover, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, counseling and therapy
Manhattan College

Nancy Chae, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, NCSC, ACS
Assistant professor, Department of Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy
University of San Diego

Erik M. Hines, Ph.D.
Associate professor, College of Education
Florida State University

Ian Levy, Ed.D.
Assistant professor, Counseling and Therapy
Manhattan College

Caroline Lopez-Perry, Ph.D.
Associate professor, school counseling, and co-director of the CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap
California State University, Long Beach

Robert R. Martinez, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, school counseling
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The editors-in-chief also wish to acknowledge the multi-year contributions of three outgoing board members: Mandy Savitz-Romer of Harvard University, Keren Zuniga McDowell of the School District of Philadelphia, and Mary L. Anderson of Western Michigan University.

About JCA

The Journal of College Access (JCA) focuses on the current trends, research, practices, and development of all types of programs, policies, and activities related to the access of and success in postsecondary education. Issues of college aspiration, qualification, application, enrollment, and persistence are the primary emphases.

JCA is affiliated with the Michigan College Access Network, Western Michigan University (WMU), the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success at American University, and the Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment at San Diego State University (SDSU).