Welcome to the Journal of College Access, a peer-reviewed, academic, open access, online journal with a focus on how students aspire to, gain access to, enroll in and persist in higher education institutions. The Journal is published periodically.

Views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), nor the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success. Copyright in material published in the Journal remains with the author. Reproduction is permitted for educational, non-commercial purposes only, with appropriate referencing.

We welcome submissions from a wide community of practitioners including, but not limited to college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, college access professionals, and others with an interest in the college access movement.

The Journal was cited by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) as a reason that Western Michigan University received MCAN's Steward Award in 2015.

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Current Issue: Volume 6, Issue 2 (2021) College Access and Success for Undocumented Students

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Complete Issue
Diana Camilo and Marisol Clark-Ibáñez



Introductory Pages
Diana Camilo and Marisol Clark-Ibáñez



Heightened Uncertainty and Determination: The “Trump Effect” and College Aspirations for Undocumented Students
Carolina Valdivia, Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Lucas Schacht, Juan Duran, and Sussana Mendoza


“They’re in the Shadows”: School Counselors Share the Lived Experiences of Latino/a Undocumented Students
Katherine E. Bernal-Arevalo, Sergio Pereyra, Dominiqua M. Griffin, and Gitima Sharma


Undocumented Students’ Perceptions of Institutional Support
Jennifer Alanis, Patty Witkowsky, and Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier


Building Institutional Support for Undocumented and DACA-eligible College Students in Michigan
John A. Vasquez, Alejandra Acosta, Rosario Torres, and Melissa Hernandez

Best Practices

Guest Editors

Diana Camilo, Ed.D.
California State University San Bernardino
Marisol Clark-Ibáñez, Ph.D.
California State University San Marcos  

Guest Editorial Board

Belinda Zamacona, Ph.D.
Director Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program University of California, San Diego
Elvia Estrella, Ed.D.
School Counselor, Launch Academy Sweetwater Union High School District 
Hilda Nieblas, Ph.D.
Dreamers Resource Center and MAGEC Coordinator California State University, Bakersfield
James Anderson, Ed.D.
Principal, Wayne Memorial High School Wayne-Westland Community Schools
Lucas Schacht, M.A.
Educational Leadership in Higher Education Student Affairs Eastern Michigan University
Nicolaus R. Espitia
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Work and Department of Sociology University of Michigan
Sharet Garcia
Founder, UndocuProfessionals
Tony Jimenez, Ed.D.
School Principal, Chicago Public Schools