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Early College Folio: Call for Submissions

"Unconventional Paths to College Education"


Early College Folio is currently seeking submissions for Volume 2, Issue 2, titled “Unconventional Paths to College Education.” The core spirit of the early college idea assumes that diverse student populations need diverse solutions and these solutions may present themselves as unconventional. What are the higher education solutions for students who intellectually mature early and who may not yet meet typical US college admissions requirements? What are the solutions for those students who drop out of secondary schools for various reasons but are now age-wise ready to take on higher education? What are the solutions for those students who are studying out of refugee camps to further their college education goals? What are the solutions for those students who are internally displaced and have lost their identities? We are interested in innovative solutions that institutions around the world come up with to cater to the various multi-dimensional needs of offering college education in a seemingly unconventional approach. We invite you to play with the digital format and presentation of this issue, as how it is published is particularly relevant to the topic.

All perspectives are welcome: administrators, faculty, librarians, student life staff, registrars, medical/health services, etc. Please submit materials to the journal by creating a Digital Commons account through the "Submit Article" button on the website. For questions or other submission needs Digital Commons cannot accommodate, please contact Formal essays and articles are encouraged, but the editors are also interested in considering experimental formats. Options may include:

  • 3,000- to 7,000-word longer-form essays/articles
  • 1,000- to 3,000-word shorter-form pieces
  • Creative content: poetry, fiction
  • Pedagogical reflection upon collaborating on work created with students
  • Interviews/curated conversations
  • Letters to the editors and op-eds
  • Data sets and data visualizations
  • Podcast episodes
  • Short film

Recurring sections for which the journal is also accepting submissions include:

  • Signature lesson plans and scripts
  • Upcoming events
  • Early College in the news
  • Publication announcements (alumni, current and former faculty)
  • Book reviews and excerpts

The editors will begin reviewing submissions on January 15, 2023.

Submit to the Journal


If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, guest editor, or as a member of the advisory board for the journal and/or ECRI, please contact We hope to engage those with ties to early college or who have expertise in the following fields: publishing, libraries and archives, education, and administration.