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Nick Hillman

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Nick Hillman

Associate 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 co-chair of UW-Madison's Scholars Strategy Network and is a faculty affiliate in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Center for Financial Security.


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

  • Fall 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
     
  • Fall 2016 - 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 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

  • 2015-2016 - Amount: $40,000.00, "Two Decades Of Debt: How Has The Profile Of Student Loan Borrowers Changed From 1992 To 2012?," Awarded By: National Center for Education Statistics, Grant Institution: Association for Institutional Research, Nick Hillman, Principal.
  • 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.
  • Amount: $50,000.00, "Student Loans And Federal Risk-Sharing Policy Alternatives," Awarded By: Lumina Foundation, Grant Institution: Center for American Progress, Nick Hillman, Principal.

Publications

  • Hillman, N., Fryar, A., & Crespin-Trujillo, V. (in press). Evaluating the impact of performance funding in Ohio and Tennessee. American Educational Research Journal.
  • 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). Performance funding in higher education: do financial incentives impact college completions? Journal of Higher Education.

Presentations

  • Hillman, N., Bruecker, E., Presenter & Author, & Crespin-Trujillo, V., Presenter & Author (2017). An analysis of early FAFSA in Wisconsin, Association for Education Finance Policy 42nd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Saenz, V., Presenter & Author, Sponsler, B., Presenter & Author, Perna, L., Presenter & Author, Flores, S., Presenter & Author, Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, & Espinosa, L., Presenter & Author (2016). How scholars and policy organizations can navigate tensions and trade-offs between state and federal higher education policy, American Educational Research Association 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Hillman, N. (2016). Two decades of debt: how has the profile of student loan borrowers changed from 1992 to 2012?, American Educational Research Association 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Fowles, J., Presenter & Author, Tandberg, D., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N. (2016). Performance-based funding 2.0 and baccalaureate degree production, Association for Education Finance Policy 41st Annual Meeting.
  • Campbell, C., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N. (2016). A closer look at the trillion: default trends at Iowa's community colleges, Association for Institutional Research 56th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2016). Affording College: Costs, Debt, and the Way Forward, Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Lee, J., Presenter & Author, Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, Witherspoon, N., Presenter & Author, & Wolf, L., Presenter & Author (2015). A closer look at the trillion: Data-driven analysis of student loan borrowing and default, American Association of Community Colleges 95th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Gandara, D., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2015). Recycling policy ideas: the case of performance funding in higher education, American Educational Research Association 82nd Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Fowles, J., Presenter & Author, Tandberg, D., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2015). New evidence on the impact of performance funding in higher education, Association for the Study of Higher Education 39th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Zaback, K., Presenter & Author, Cooper, M., Presenter & Author, Saenz, V., Presenter & Author, Sponsler, B., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2015). Presidential session: Translating research to policy ti reduce inequality in state higher education outcomes, Association for the Study of Higher Education 39th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, & Weichman, T., Presenter & Author (2015). Education deserts and the geography of college opportunity, Association for the Study of Higher Education 40th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, Fryar, A., Presenter & Author, Tandberg, D., Presenter & Author, & Crespin-Trujillo, V., Presenter & Author (2015). Evaluating the efficacy of performance funding in three states: Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana, Association for the Study of Higher Education 40th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Madzelan, D., Presenter & Author, McClean, M., Presenter & Author, Hossler, M., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2015). Federal student aid and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Association for the Study of Higher Education 40th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, Crespin-Trujillo, V., Presenter & Author, & Dantzler Jr., D., Presenter & Author (2015). Supplanting the state: students as revenue in public higher education, Association for the Study of Higher Education 40th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2015). An Overview of Student Loan Research, Scholars Strategy Network, Boston, MA.
  • Gildersleeve, R., Presenter & Author, Harper, S., Presenter & Author, Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, & Rios-Aguilar, C., Presenter & Author (2014). Alleviating Anxieties: How to establish and sustain successful collaborative publication-oriented relationships, American Educational Research Association Division J Graduate Student Workshop, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hillman, N. (2014). 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. (2014). The effectiveness of higher education performance funding, Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2014). Opting out of federal student loan programs: examining the community college sector, Association for Education Finance Policy 39th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, Tandberg, D., Presenter & Author, & Fryar, A., Presenter & Author (2014). The effectiveness of higher education performance funding, Association for Education Finance Policy 39th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Gandara, D., Presenter & Author, Dougherty, K., Presenter & Author, Li, A., Presenter & Author, Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, Ness, E., Presenter & Author, Kinne, A., Presenter & Author, Miller, T., Presenter & Author, & Reindl, T., Presenter & Author (2014). The state of performance funding in the states: origin, design, implementation, and effects, Association for the Study of Higher Education 39th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author, Peller, J., Presenter & Author, Tandberg, D., Presenter & Author, Sponsler, B., Presenter & Author, Smith, Z., Presenter & Author, Espinosa, L., Presenter & Author, (2014). Trees without fruit? The pursuit of policy-relevant scholarship in Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education 39th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Gross, J., Presenter & Author, & Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2014). Can income-driven repayment policies be efficient, effective, and equitable?, Lumina Foundation Ideas Summit, Washington, D.C.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2014). Impacts of Performance Funding, Midwestern Higher Education Compact 10th Annual Policy Summit, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2014). Community College Financial Aid, National Public Radio, Chicago, IL.
  • Hillman, N., Presenter & Author (2014). Education deserts and the geography of college opportunity, WISCAPE Brown Bag Forum, Madison, WI.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Gross, J. (2013). Performance funding’s impact on college completions: the case of Pennsylvania, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Hillman, N. (2013). Community college transfer: affordable pathway to the bachelor’s degree?, Association for Education Finance and Policy, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N., Sponsler, B., Ness, E., Smith, Z., Tandberg, D., & Espinosa, L. (2013). 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. (2013). Saving for college: examining differences by socioeconomic status, Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, MO.
  • (2013). 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. (2013). 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. (2012). Student loan default: moving beyond the for-profit sector, American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Hillman, N. (2012). College on credit: student and institutional factors associated with student loan default, Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N., & Orians, E. (2012). How does community college enrollment demand change relative to local labor market conditions?, Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hillman, N., McLendon, M., & Tandberg, D. (2012). 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. (2012). The impact of no-loan policies on Pell enrollment, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Hillman, N. (2011). Economic diversity among elite colleges: the effectiveness of "no-loan" pledges, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, NC.
  • Hillman, N., & Bergerson, A. (2011). 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. (2010). 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

  • ELPA Program Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2017 - Pres.
  • Committee Chair. Period of Service: 2017 - Pres.

  • ELPA Salary Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2017 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2017 - Pres.

  • ELPA Human Resources Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - 2017
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2016 - 2017

  • ELPA Admissions Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2015 - 2017
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2015 - 2017

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

  • ELPA Qualifying Exam Review Commitee
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2013 - Pres.

  • Program Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - 2015
  • Committee Member.

School Service

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

Public Service

  • Journal of Higher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - Pres.
  • Editor, Associate Editor. Period of Service: 2016 - Pres.

  • Report on Women in Student Debt
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - 2017
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2016 - 2017

  • Student Loan and Work Study Research Project
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - 2017
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2016 - 2017

  • Tuition Discounting Study Advisory Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - 2017
  • Board Member. Period of Service: 2016 - 2017

  • Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
    Dates of Membership: 2015 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2015 - Pres.

  • 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.

  • National Postsecondary Student Aid Study
    Dates of Membership: 2014 - Pres.
  • Board Member. Period of Service: 2014 - Pres.

  • Review of Higher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2014 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2014 - Pres.

  • Council for Public Policy in Higher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2014 - 2017
  • Chairperson. Period of Service: 2014 - 2017

  • Journal of Education Finance
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - 2017
  • Editorial Review Board Member. Period of Service: 2013 - 2017

  • Journal of Higher Education
    Dates of Membership: 2013 - 2016

  • Journal of Student Financial Aid
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - 2016
  • Editor, Associate Editor. Period of Service: 2012 - 2016

  • AERA
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.
  • Session Chair. Period of Service: 2013 - Pres.
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper. Period of Service: 2008 - Pres.

  • ASHE
    Dates of Membership: 2007 - Pres.
  • Discussant. Period of Service: 2010 - Pres.
  • Committee Chair. Period of Service: 2014 - 2014
  • Reviewer, Conference Paper. Period of Service: 2007 - Pres.
  • Session Chair. Period of Service: 2012 - 2012

Public Service

  • American Academy of Political and SocialScience
    Dates of Membership: 2017 - 2017

  • Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities
    Dates of Membership: 2017 - 2017

  • Education Commission for the States
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - 2016

  • Education Counsel
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - 2016

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Organization: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2017
  • Robert P. Huff Award for Research Excellence
    Organization: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
    Date(s): 2017
  • Selected Participant
    Organization: Kauffman Administrative Development Program - Office of the Provost, University of Wisconsin
    Date(s): 2017
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Organization: American Educational Research Journal
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2015 - 2016
  • Faculty Affiliate
    Organization: Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Post-secondary Education
    Date(s): 2013 - 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Organization: Journal of Higher Education
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Date(s): 2015
  • Selected Participant
    Organization: Wisconsin Idea Seminar - Office of the Provost, University of Wisconsin
    Date(s): 2015
  • 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

  • Scholars Strategy Network (SSN)
    Member Since: 2016
  • 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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