Nick Hillman

Associate Professor, Director, Student Success Through Applied Research Lab

nwhillman@wisc.edu

249 Education Building

Hillman, Nicholas

Nicholas Hillman is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Hillman’s research examines how finance, policy, and geography shape educational opportunities in the United States. He also directs the Student Success Through Applied Research Lab, a research-practice partnership with the university’s Division of Enrollment Management and Office of Student Financial Aid. Dr. Hillman co-edited the book, Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education: The Civil Rights Dimension and is a faculty affiliate with the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty and the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Education

  • Ph D Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education, 2010
  • MPA Public Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2005
  • BS Public Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2003

Publications

  • Hillman, N., & Orfield, G. Federal Higher Education Policymaking in an Era of Racial and Political Polarization Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Furquim, F., Corral, D., & Hillman, N. (2019) A primer for interpreting and designing difference-in-differences studies in higher education research. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 35 Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Hillman, N. (2019) Testimony before the House Committee on Education & Labor: Strengthening Accountability in Higher Education to Better Serve Students and Taxpayers Washington, D.C.: U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Orfield, G., & Hillman, N. (2018) Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education: The Civil Rights Dimension Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Hillman, N., & Kindschy, A. (2018) The finance conundrum for higher education Building Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Hillman, N., Fryar, A., & Crespin-Trujillo, V. (2017) Evaluating the impact of performance funding in Ohio and Tennessee American Educational Research Journal, 55(1), 144-170.
  • Hillman, N. (2017) Geospatial analysis in higher education research Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Hillman, N. (2016) Geography of college opportunity: the case of education deserts American Educational Research Journal, 53(4), 987-1021.
  • Hillman, N. (2015) Borrowing and repaying federal student loans Journal of Student Financial Aid, 45(3), 35-48.
  • Hillman, N., Tandberg, D., & Fryar, A. (2015) Evaluating the impacts of 'new' performance funding in higher education Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(4), 501-519.

Presentations

  • Hillman, N., Elliot, K., Wood, L., & Bussey, J., The Education Trust, "Supporting Student Success in Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19" (2020), Washington, DC
  • Hillman, N., Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt, "Student Debt Overview" (2020), Madison, WI
  • Hillman, N., Bruecker, E., & Weisenburger, K., Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, "Research Practice Partnerships in Financial Aid" (2020), Madison, WI
  • Hillman, N., & Kwasny, M., Interaction Design Association Education Summit, "SSTAR Lab: An Innovation Story from an Unlikely Place" (2020), Milan, Italy
  • Hillman, N., & Jaquette, O., University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, "Institutional and Public Priorities: Who We Recruit, Who We Support, How We Can Do Better" (2020), Los Angeles, CA
  • Hillman, N., Coca, V., Marquez Kiyama, J., Rios-Aguilar, C., & Tseng, V., Association for the Study of Higher Education annual meeting, "Spanning Boundaries and Broadening Impact: Research-practice Partnerships as a Method for Research Engagement in Higher Education" (2019), Portland, OR
  • Hillman, N., European Association for Institutional Research, "Measuring and Addressing Inequality in Higher Education Systems" (2019), Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Hillman, N., U.S. House of Representatives Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, "Strengthening Accountability in Higher Education to Better Serve Students and Taxpayers" (2019), Washington, DC
  • Hillman, N., Bruecker, E., & Fischer, J., ACT Wisconsin, "Locating “High FAFSA Potential” High Schools to Promote College Access and Affordability" (2019), Madison, WI
  • Hillman, N., Institute for Research on Poverty, "Measuring Financial Inequality in Higher Education" (2019), Madison, WI

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Public Policy Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2018
  • Robert P. Huff Award for Research Excellence, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, 2017
  • Teaching Award, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017