Aims & Scope

Higher Education Politics & Economics is an academic, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal on higher education featuring research from a range of perspectives, including education finance, political science, social science, policy, and law to critically examine the nexus of social, political, and economic forces shaping major changes in higher education in the US and worldwide (Print ISSN 2577-7270 & Online ISSN 2577-7289).

The journal features research and analysis from all regions of the world contributing new insights into current issues of interest to academics, institutional leaders, policymakers and the public, exploring complex political and economic issues including:

  • Social mobility 
  • Food insecurity and homelessness
  • Federal and state immigration policy
  • Campus free speech and student protests
  • Financial aid policy
  • Free college plans
  • Income inequality and stratification
  • Performance-based funding
  • Campus safety and sexual assault
  • Dual enrollment
  • Economic and workforce development

The journal encourages submission of manuscripts by US and international scholars that use quantitative or qualitative methods. Articles combine disciplinary methods with critical insights to investigate major issues shaping national, state, and institutional contexts.

Our Vision

Higher Education Politics & Economics (HEPE) is a journal for all voices. The word university is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means "community of teachers and scholars."  For this community to be inclusive and equitable, all voices must be heard regardless of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, first generation status, job title, ability, political affiliation, research methodology, or epistemology.

Knowledge creation and exchange is at the heart of academe and free society. Higher education is intended to advance knowledge and improve lives, but often the politics and economics of education perpetuate inequality and privilege existing power structures.

At the center of our vision is critical thinking and analytical reasoning about political and economic issues that matter to students, faculty, and communities. We envision a democratic and inclusive approach to academic publishing where people from multiple perspectives come together to exchange ideas on pressing issues that impact the lives of real people. Our journal is a forum for authors and their audiences to engage in discussions, explorations, arguments, and relationships that add depth, meaning, and value to the research and ideas we publish.

Copyright © & Disclaimer

Unless otherwise noted, copyrights for the texts which comprise all issues of Higher Education Politics & Economics (HEPE) are held by the Journal. The compilation as a whole is Copyright © by HEPE, all rights reserved. Items published by HEPE may be freely shared among individuals, but they may NOT be republished in any medium without express written consent from the author(s) and advance notification of the HEPE editorial board. For permission to reprint articles published in the Journal, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.


Facts and opinions published in Higher Education Politics & Economics (HEPE) express solely the opinions of the respective authors. Authors are responsible for their citing of sources and the accuracy of their references and bibliographies. The editors cannot be held responsible for any lacks or possible violations of third parties’ rights.

Statement on Open Access

Higher Education Politics & Economics supports open access. There are no fees to individual authors, and authors are allowed to self-archive their work. The cost of the publishing the journal is subsidized by Old Dominion University. Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of the journal, requires credit to Higher Education Politics & Economics as the copyright holder.

The journal operates under a Creative Commons License that allows for the reproduction of articles, free of charge, for non-commercial use only and with the appropriate citation information. The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission, provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial; and
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)’s place of employment.

A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by Old Dominion University to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.