Writing Style
The primary goal of this publication, and the reason it is different than others of its kind, is that we intend to take an inventory of what we know and talk about among ourselves as a community of scholars and practitioners in higher education, and then make that inventory available in easy and accessible terms to the general public - the kind of folks who aren't inclined to read the Review, Journal, or Chronicle of Higher Education.

Thus, the entries should not be written for an academic audience, but rather for the student, the parent, the legislative aid who wants a quick and easy-to-understand reference to go and look up "tuition" or "remedial education" and come away after reading the entry with a grasp of the "what you need to know" basics. The writing style should reflect a "New York Times" or "Economist" meets "Newsweek" approach - intelligent, but easy to read without stretching the vocabulary too much.

The "Further Reading" section at the end of each entry should provide the reader with directions for where to go in the research to find more in-depth coverage of the topic. This section should be formatted in Chicago reference style. Issues of formatting and cross-referencing will be handled by the editors once we receive your draft entry. For a list of all topics to be covered in the Encyclopedia, please click here.

More details about writing style and format are provided in the Author's Guide, which is available in the Editor's Area section of the website. Note that to access this section of the website you will need the username and password sent in our initial correspondence regarding the Encyclopedia. If you have misplaced this information, please contact us by e-mail.