About CWE Briefs

The field has experienced a dramatic transformation over the past two decades and has sparked a debate about the purpose of education and best ways to help youth and adults prepare for productive lives. As new program designs and ideas for linking education and work continue to emerge, there are issues for consideration along the way. Subscribe to CWE Briefs and learn about current issues and trends in the field.

Editorial Guidelines

The CWE Briefs section of the Career and Workforce Education at the University of South Florida website is intended to offer readers concise descriptions and analysis of current issues in the field. As such, issue briefs need to be relevant and engaging to readers. CWE Briefs describe issues (problems) and, if appropriate, proposed solutions.

Though we expect contributions supported by related literature and research, the preferred writing style is journalistic. This basically means that we are looking for interesting ways to feature issues, solutions to problems, case studies, and profiles of trends and events within the continuum of career and workforce education community. Further, we prefer articles that summarize issues and research in a way that is accessible to a wide audience beyond academic or researcher groups. As a member of the career and workforce community, you should have a good idea of the kind of information practitioners in the field may find useful. Write your contributions with that in mind.

The best way to write most of these briefs is to begin addressing the potential relevance of the issue of interest to the reader (Why should we care? Why is this an issue?), Next, you may address the potential solution or the logical steps/ways to approach the issue providing literature/research support to any claims of promising results.

Format Guidelines

We are looking for short papers that successfully explore issues and solutions running between 1,000 and 1,500 words (about 4-5 pages) using single-spaced format, Arial or Times New Roman font style, and a font-size no smaller than 11. We also prefer to receive articles in Word format, and any graphics (photos, charts, graphs) that might be relevant should be clear and at least 300 dpi.

References to literature should be handled via endnotes. An endnote is a source citation that refers the readers to the end of the paper where they can find out the source of the information or words quoted or mentioned in the paper. Whenever you need to substantiate a statement, you may use an endnote via a superscript number corresponding to the listing of endnotes at the end of the paper. For a refresher on the use of endnotes you may visit the formatting and style resources made available by Purdue University.

Submission and Contact Information

Articles can be sent electronically to the Managing Editor via e-mail at victorh@usf.edu. If you have questions, you may contact the Managing Editor at 813-974-1277 or via e-mail.


Victor M. Hernandez, CWE Briefs Editor
Associate Professor and Director of Career and Workforce Education
Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education
University of South Florida