Georgia Impact

UGA’s Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement celebrates its 20th anniversary

Athens, Ga. – The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, the oldest peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication on engagement between higher education and communities, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Published by the University of Georgia, JHEOE’s first issue of 2016 kicked off the celebration and features 11 articles that have had the greatest impact on the field in the past 20 years, based on a survey of the journal’s 37-member editorial board. The articles are reprinted and are followed by responses from their original author(s) or by other eminent scholars.

“This issue is particularly exciting,” said Lorilee R. Sandmann, editor of the journal and UGA professor emerita. “As a capstone of the last 20 years, it is a retrospective and prospective about the important work of public scholarship-both theoretically and practically.”

The journal was launched in 1996 as the Journal of Public Service and Outreach, and later was renamed the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

Eugene Younts, then UGA’s vice president for public service, noted the journal’s importance as a way to openly exchange ideas that supported the integration of service into the teaching and research missions of the university. Younts also underscored the journal’s capacity to reveal how higher education uses its unparalleled expertise to address complex societal problems and the particular obligation of land-grant institutions in advancing modern society.

“Immeasurable contributions of Ernest Boyer and other esteemed academic leaders are being celebrated in the anniversary issue,” said Jennifer Frum, UGA’s vice president for public service and outreach. “They, along with the many other contributors to the journal, have challenged us to fulfill our role of committing our best research and instruction to the public good, and advancing scholarship on how we maximize impact.”

JHEOE will continue its celebration throughout the year with special features and focus on advancing the public mission of higher education.

Indexed and international in scope, the JHEOE is published through a UGA partnership that includes the Office of Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Institute for Higher Education, College of Education and UGA Extension. The journal is online at