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Under Seneca’s leadership College Quarterly was established in 1993, a response to an identified need for informed and critical discussion of issues relevant to Ontario’s public college system. Funding from the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario (ACAATO) enabled print publication of CQ from 1993 through 1997, and free distribution of several hundred copies to each of the 24 Ontario colleges – and at a nominal fee to individual and organizational subscribers.

Because of the rising cost of print publication, termination of ACAATO funding, and diminshed institutional resources, CQ moved to an on-line format after 1997. At that time, an attempt was made to make it a truly provincial initiative by establishing regional editorial boards. Regrettably this initiative met with limited success and following a brief hiatus, publication of CQ resumed with the Fall 2003 issue.

In that year full responsibility for publication of CQ was assumed by the office of Seneca’s Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation. A new internal Advisory Committee was established and the scope of CQ was broadened to include a national perspective on college education. In addition, the web site was reconstructed and relocated at:

In 2016 longtime editor and publisher Katharine Janzen retired and has accepted a position at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). Seneca’s Academic Deans Dr. Jean Choi and Dr. Michael Maynard have assumed editorial direction. Under their leadership a redesign of College Quarterly has been completed and the editorial board renewed, with a mandate to maintaining the legacy of academic excellence.


Katharine Janzen, Ed.D., founded College Quarterly in 1993 and served as its publisher and senior editor until her retirement in 2015. She is a Professor Emeritus at Seneca and is currently a Coordinator at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.