With the Fall 2013 Issue we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first publication of the College Quarterly! Looking back, though interesting, the journey was not always easy and a number of “milestones” mark the way. Despite many challenges faced and overcome in the past 20 years (see History on the CQ site) recognition of the value of The College Quarterly came early and it was, for example, highly recommended as an educational journal by the prestigious “Scout Report” at the University of Wisconsin. It has remained true to its original mission and is becoming increasingly acknowledged as an important contributor to the discourse on educational matters of interest, not only to faculty in Ontario colleges but to postsecondary education scholars around the world!
The forerunner of the College Quarterly was the Seneca College Newsletter, TIPS (Teaching-Innovation Participation-Sharing) and it was originally intended to enhance the quality of teaching in the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology. The “Viewpoint” that opened the initial publication of The College Quarterly (Vol.1. No.1) in Fall 1993, began as follows:
The College Quarterly is a unique enterprise, the first Canadian quarterly academic journal devoted to the improvement of college education. CQ will provide an informational resource for college teaching and learning. It will enable reasoned discussion of important policy issues, and present a forum for the exchange and commentary addressing concerns of educators throughout Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.
Over the years it has become much more than that! CQ remains a resource for teaching and learning, but it also provides an opportunity for scholarly discussion, publication of relevant research findings, information about developments of significance to college educators and staff, and commentary on policy issues of concern to the educational community and its attentive publics, not only in Canada, but also in North America and worldwide. The critically analytical and ongoing Book Reviews section has been particularly well received. Contributing authors come not just from Ontario or Canada, but also from the United States and other countries. Authors include not only faculty or staff in the colleges, but also graduate students and professors from a number of Canadian and international universities. We have received and approved numerous requests for permission to translate and distribute selected articles in other languages and countries.
Published initially in a prize winning, attractive glossy print format with the generous support of the Human Resource Development (HRD3) fund of The Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO), subsequent funding constraints necessitated the move to an on-line, open-source format which interestingly made the Journal accessible to a very broad international audience.
Despite an unfortunate but short hiatus in publication, the College Quarterly has prevailed over the past 20 years and the current Editorial Board remains committed to continue their contribution to this worthwhile academic resource. We believe it has and will continue to have a positive impact on the quality of both teaching and learning in the postsecondary sector.
The journey actually began in January 1990 when the first issue of the Seneca Newsletter, TIPS was published. In the opening editorial headed Seneca Faculty Initiates Dialogue on Teaching, the Co-editors of TIPS, Eva Ticktin and Eva Ligeti (both professors in Applied Arts at Seneca College at the time), credited me for initiating the Collegial Consultation Program (CCP) which “grew out of Katharine’s research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) which indicated that peer coaching and sharing is extremely potent process for enhancing the quality of teaching/learning, developing faculty relationships and enhancing teachers’ satisfaction with the profession.” Most of the eight members of the TIPS Steering Committee which represented several schools including Applied Arts, Liberal Studies, Nursing and the English Division had previously participated in the CCP. Initially the printing of TIPS was supported by Professional Development funding and later the then Vice President Academic, Dr. Tony Tilly contributed a one-time amount of $10,000. TIPS was distributed free of charge to all Seneca Employees who indicated an interest in receiving the newsletter. In all, ten issues of TIPS were printed - the last one in Spring 1993 when funding support for TIPS ran out.
In the fall of 1992 I assumed the position of Coordinator and later Director, Professional Development, responsible for supporting the development of Seneca’s faculty, administrators and support staff. Given the positive feedback on the value of TIPS provided by faculty in a needs assessment survey and with the full support of the Faculty Development Steering Committee, I began exploring the possibility of creating an academic journal, not only for Seneca faculty, but for faculty and staff in the Ontario college system. We established an 11 member Editorial Board that included not only Seneca employees, but directors of professional development in five of the Ontario colleges. In addition, the 10 member Advisory Board included the Directors of Professional Development in two GTA colleges and two Professors from Brock University (Richard Bond and Michael Kompf), one from OISE (Glen Jones) and one from Queen’s University (Iain R. Munro). All of the members of the Editorial and Advisory Boards and production staff were volunteers, but we hired an experienced Managing Editor, E.F. Latchman and Production Manager, Jerry Bader.
As Publisher of The College Quarterly, my first act was to locate a professor who had considerable experience in publishing academic papers and the skills and willingness to take on the responsibilities of Editor of this new and exciting venture. I found that very qualified person in Howard Doughty, Professor of Political Economy at Seneca College at the time.
With the support of the members of the College Committee on Human Resource Development (CCHRD), a sub-committee of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario (ACAATO) now College Ontario, a request for $40,000 funding to support the printing of the CQ was approved out of the ACAATO Human Resource Development (HRD3) Fund. Dr. Roy Giroux, Vice President Human Resources at Humber College at the time, was very instrumental in our obtaining that support.
The College Quarterly was initially published as a glossy, high quality printed journal with a distinctive logo and ISSN registration. Volume One, Number Two, Fall 1993 was the very first full issue of the CQ. (http://www.collegequarterly.ca/1993-vol01-num01-fall/index.html )! Hundreds of hardcopies (proportionate to the number of employees in each college) of the journal were distributed free of charge to all of the Ontario Colleges for distribution to their own faculty and staff. Other subscribers were charged a nominal fee to cover administration and mailing costs for the journal.
Although an English language publication, the Editorial Board initially planned to include abstracts of published articles in the French language, relying on volunteers to do the translations. However, because of the difficulty of obtaining volunteers and the high cost of purchasing translation services, this was not feasible given the limited funds available.
Because the journal was initially envisioned to be an initiative of the Ontario colleges (not just Seneca) a new editorial Board was constituted with representatives from each of the four provincial regions, that is North, East, West and Central Ontario. The intent was that each representative would encourage faculty and staff from the colleges in their region to submit articles for publication in the CQ upon acceptance of the Editorial Board. Unfortunately, this attempt was a resounding failure.
Despite several attempts to find additional sources of funding for the CQ, no further financial support was obtained and the costs in terms of time, effort and postage were prohibitive to allow continued printing of the journal. For these reasons, the journal was converted to on-line format and continued until 1998. At that time responsibility for the Journal was also transferred within Seneca, and because there was no one championing the journal, no issues were published again until 2003, when responsibility for the Journal was transferred to the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation (back to the founder Katharine Janzen) and Howard Doughty agreed to join the renewed effort to resuscitate the journal and a new Editorial Board was established.
The current Editorial Board and production staff continue to be highly committed to the mission and function of The College Quarterly for the foreseeable future!
Katharine Janzen is the founding Publisher and Senior Editor, The College Quarterly. She is Professor Emeritus, Seneca College where she last served as Associate Vice President Research and Innovation. Since 2007 she has been the Coordinator, M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership Cohorts at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.