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Nick Hillman

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Nick Hillman

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (ELPA)

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nwhillman@wisc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Dr. Hillman studies higher education finance and policy. His research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success. He serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, and is currently a WISCAPE Affiliate.


Education

Ph D, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

MPA, Public Policy
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN


 

 

Teaching Interests

higher education finance, education policy, quantitative research methods

Scheduled Teaching

  • Spring 2016 - Financing Postsecondary Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 831, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Spring 2016 - Independent Reading
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 999, Section: 069, Minimum Credit Hours: 1, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Individual
     
  • Spring 2016 - Research or Thesis
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 990, Section: 069, Minimum Credit Hours: 1, Maximum Credit Hours: 12, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Individual
     
  • Fall 2015 - Applied Policy Analysis in Higher Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 940, Section: 009, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Fall 2015 - Independent Reading
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 999, Section: 069, Minimum Credit Hours: 1, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Individual
     
  • Fall 2015 - Introduction to Quantitative Inquiry in Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 822, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Fall 2015 - Research or Thesis
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 990, Section: 069, Minimum Credit Hours: 1, Maximum Credit Hours: 12, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Individual
     
  • Spring 2015 - Financing Postsecondary Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 831, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Spring 2015 - The Politics of Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 870, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Fall 2014 - Introduction to Quantitative Inquiry in Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 822, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Spring 2014 - Financing Postsecondary Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 831, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
     
  • Spring 2014 - Independent Reading
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 999, Section: 069, Minimum Credit Hours: 1, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Individual
     
  • Fall 2013 - Introduction to Quantitative Inquiry in Education
    Course Prefix: 305, Course Number: 822, Section: 001, Maximum Credit Hours: 3, Course Level: Graduate, Course Delivery Mode: Lecture
    Course Syllabus
     

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 2013-2014 - Amount: $98,000.00, "Efficiency And Fairness In Student Loan Repayment," Awarded By: Lumina Foundation, Nick Hillman; Jacob P.K. Gross, Co-Principal.
  • 2011-2012 - Amount: $39,100.00, "College On Credit: Student And Institutional Characteristics Associated With Student Loan Default," Awarded By: NCES/NSF/NPEC and AIR, Nick Hillman.

Publications

  • Hillman, N. (2014). College on credit: a multi-level analysis of student loan default rates. Review of Higher Education. 37(2).
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Tandberg, D., Hillman, N., & Barakat, M. (in press). State higher education performance funding for community colleges: diverse effects and policy implicationsState higher education. Teacher's College Record.
  • Hillman, N. (in press). Cohort default rates: predicting the probability of federal sanctions. Educational Policy.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • McLendon, M., Tandberg, D., & Hillman, N. (in press). The politics of redistributive financing in higher education: an anlysis of factors influencing state spending on student aid and campus appropriations. The Annals of the American Academy of Political Science.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Gross, J. (in press). Market-based education: does Colorado’s voucher model improve higher education access and efficiency? Research in Higher Education.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Tandberg, D., & Hillman, N. (2014). State higher education performance funding: data, outcomes and policy implications. Journal of Education Finance. 39(3), 222-243.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Hillman, N., & Orians, E. (in press). Community colleges and labor market conditions: how does enrollment demand change relative to local labor market conditions? Research in Higher Education. 54(7).
  • Hillman, N. (in press). Economic diversity in elite higher education: do no-loan programs impact Pell enrollments? Journal of Higher Education. 84(6).
  • Hillman, N., & Erica, O. (2013). The role of financial aid in meeting state college completion goals. Education Finance and Policy. 8(3), 349-363.
  • Cruce, T., & Hillman, N. (2012). Preparing for the Silver Tsunami: the demand for higher education among older adults. Research in Higher Education. 53(6), 593-613.
  • Toutkoushian, R., & Hillman, N. (2012). The impact of state appropriations and grants on access to higher education and outmigration. Review of Higher Education. 36(1), 51-90.
  • Hillman, N. (2012). Tuition discounting for revenue management. Research in Higher Education. 53(1), 263-281.
  • Hillman, N. (2011). The ethical dimensions of student financial aid. Tertiarty Education and Management. 17(1), 1-16.
  • Hillman, N. (2010). Who benefits from tuition discounts at public universities. Journal of Student Financial Aid. 40(1).
  • Gross, J., Osman, C., Don, H., & Hillman, N. (2009). What matters in student loan default: a review of the research literature. Journal of Student Financial Aid. 39(1), 19-29.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Sponsler, B. Conducting policy scholarship in higher education: conceptualizing and applying theory to practice [Monograph]. ASHE Higher Education Report Series
  • Hillman, N., Jones-Gast, M., & George-Jackson, C. (in press). When to begin? Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic differences in financial planning, preparing, and saving for college. Teacher's College Record.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Gross, J. (in press). Journal of Higher Education. Performance funding in higher education: do financial incentives impact college completions?

Presentations

  • Hillman, N. Opting out of federal student loan programs: examining the community college sector, Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Hicklin-Fryar, A. The effectiveness of higher education performance funding, Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.
  • Hillman, N., Sponsler, B., Ness, E., Smith, Z., Tandberg, D., & Espinosa, L. Literature without an audience? Conducting policy-relevant research in higher education, Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.
  • Hillman, N., George-Jackson, C., & Jones-Gast, M. Saving for college: examining differences by socioeconomic status, Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.
  • State higher education performance funding for community colleges: the story of a failed management fad, Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.
  • Hillman, N., Jaquette, O., de la Torre, E., & Curs, B. Using organizational, local, and state-level panel data to conduct policy analyses of postsecondary organizational change, Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Gross, J. Performance funding’s impact on college completions: the case of Pennsylvania, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Hillman, N. Community college transfer: affordable pathway to the bachelor’s degree?, Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N., McLendon, M., & Tandberg, D. Freedom to learn: an analysis of factors influencing state spending on need-based student aid, merit-based aid, and campus appropriations, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Hillman, N. The impact of no-loan policies on Pell enrollment, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Hillman, N. College on credit: student and institutional factors associated with student loan default, Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N., & Orians, E. How does community college enrollment demand change relative to local labor market conditions?, Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N. Student loan default: moving beyond the for-profit sector, American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Hillman, N. Economic diversity among elite colleges: the effectiveness of "no-loan" pledges, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, NC.
  • Hillman, N., & Bergerson, A. Retention as revenue management: new perspectives on institutional investment in student retention, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, NC.
  • Hillman, N., Renton, R., & Green, A. Keeping your (strategic) head while those around you are losing theirs: university funding in an age of austerity, Association for Institutional Research, Toronto, CA.

Departmental Service

  • 10-year Review Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Committee Member.

  • Program Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Committee Member.

  • Qualifying Exam Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.

School Service

  • Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS)
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.

Public Service

  • Research in Higher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2014 - Pres.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • American Educational Research Journal
    Dates of Membership: 2014 - Pres.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • Journal of Education Finance
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Editorial Review Board Member. Period of Service: 2013 - Pres.

  • Journal of Higher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.

  • Journal of Student Financial Aid
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - Pres.
  • Editor, Associate Editor. Period of Service: 2012 - Pres.

Awards and Honors

  • Academic Fellow
    Organization: Institute for Higher Education Policy
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): June 2012 - August 2013
  • Graduate Fellow
    Organization: AIR/NCES
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): August 2007 - June 2010
  • Emerging Scholar Workshop
    Organization: AERA
    Scope: National
    Date(s): April 2012

Memberships

  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
    Position Held: Associate Editor, Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: June 2012
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Association of Education Finance and Policy (AEFP)

The following is a representative sample of media contributions.

"Student financial aid: innovations in lending, borrowing, repayment," C-Span,
Television,
Student financial aid: innovations in lending, borrowing, repayment

"Income-based student loan repayment," Wisconsin Public Radio, October 21, 2013.
Radio, Regional, Central Time,
Income-based student loan repayment

"Decline in College Enrollment," Wisconsin Public Radio, August 12, 2013.
Radio, Central Time,

"The costs of education," Radio West/National Public Radio, March 6, 2013.
Radio, Doug Fabrizio,
The costs of education

"For-profit colleges," KCPW, August 28, 2012.
Radio, Jennifer Napier-Pierce,
For-profit colleges

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