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LPL 811.01: Readings & Research II: Tiers of Joy

This guide will give students in LPL 811.01 information on various journals in their field.

Journal Rankings & Tiers

Journals are often ranked by the following aggregates, or tiers:

  • acceptance rate
  • peer review process
  • mode of dissemination
  • support of professionals in the field

Top-tier journals (also referred to as first tier and tier 1 journals) are considered the most reputable sources in which to published. These are followed by tier 2 journals, tier 3 journals, and so on.

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Tier 1 Journals in Higher Education

Most of these journals are available at Alabama State University. They were selected by Bray & Major (2008).

  • Journal of Higher Education
  • Review of Higher Education
  • Research in Higher Education
  • Journal of College Student Development
  • Higher Education
  • Higher Education: A Handbook of Theory and Research
  • Thought and Action
  • Innovative Higher Education
  • Journal of College Student Retention
  • NASPA Journal

Tier 2 Journals in Higher Education

Most of these journals are available at Alabama State University. They were selected by Bray & Major (2008).

  • New Directions for Higher Education
  • New Directions for Institutional Research
  • Community College Review
  • New Directions for Teaching and Learning
  • New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
  • College and University
  • Journal fo College Student Retention
  • Studies in Higher Education
  • Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
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