Biography

Jennifer A. Delaney is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. She is a faculty affiliate with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs and the Forum on the Future of Public Education at UIUC. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. In 2014, she served as a faculty fellow with the Illinois Board of Higher Education. From 2011-2014 she served as chair of the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education with the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Previously Dr. Delaney was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a policy analyst with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and the assistant staff director for research with the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. Her research focuses on higher education policy with an emphasis on finance. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Stanford University, an Ed.M. in higher education from Harvard University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

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Key Professional Appointments

Faculty Fellow Forum on the Future of Public Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - present

Faculty Affiliate Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois, 2011 - present

Faculty Affiliate Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecond, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009 - present

Assistant Professor Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 - present

Chair Council for Public Policy in Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2011 - 2014

Assistant Professor Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2007 - 2009

Consultant Commission on the Future of Higher Education, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2005 - 2006

Policy Analyst, Research Associate National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2003 - 2005

Assistant Staff Director for Research, Research Associate Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, US Department of Education, 2000 - 2002

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Education

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Stanford University, 2007

M.Ed., Higher Education, Harvard University, 2000

B.A., English, University of Michigan, 1999

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Awards, Honors, Associations

2015 Scholarly Paper Award: Journal of Education Finance Journal of Education Finance, 2016 - 2016

2014 Association for Institutional Research Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award Association for Institutional Research, 2015 - 2015

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2014 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014 - 2014

Faculty Fellow Illinois Board of Higher Education, 2014 - 2014

2012 Scholarly Paper Award: Journal of Education Finance Journal of Education Finance, 2012 - 2012

Teacher of the Year: Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin at Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009 - 2009

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In Our News

Guaranteed-tuition laws inflating college costs, study finds (8/23/2016)

EPOL professor discusses Hillary Clinton’s education plan and its influence on students (8/10/2016)

EPOL scholars present timely paper at AERA on college accessibility, affordability (4/13/2016)

Clinton's New College Compact has potential, says policy professor (8/27/2015)

Professor's testimony touts benefits of college affordability and higher education (6/17/2015)

Illinois’ guaranteed-tuition law making college less affordable (5/26/2015)

Study by EPOL professor finds federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability (8/8/2014)

IBHE Faculty Fellow Jennifer Delaney to use her expertise in education economics to bridge public policy research and practice (7/9/2014)

In Illinois, eligibility and demand on the rise for need-based financial aid (7/9/2014)

State funding for colleges rebounds (1/21/2014)

Higher education funding expert Jennifer Delaney speaks about decreasing state funds, importance of philanthropy (10/4/2013)

EPOL professor Jennifer Delaney named to Research in Higher Education's editorial board (1/23/2013)

Professor Jennifer Delaney chimes in on college costs in public square forum (10/11/2012)

Jennifer Delaney appointed WISCAPE affiliate (9/10/2012)

EPOL doctoral student awarded PITA funding (6/22/2012)

Jennifer Delaney wins Scholarly Paper Award, Kern Alexander gives keynote at National Education Finance Conference (5/10/2012)

EPOL professor and higher education funding expert Jennifer Delaney speaks about community college affordability (5/2/2012)

Recent awards and achievements by faculty and staff (9/7/2011)

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Publications

Yu, P., & Delaney, J. (2016) The spread of higher education around the globe: A cross-country analysis of gross tertiary education enrollments Educational Policy 16 (30), 281-321  link >

Delaney, J., & Kearney, T. (2015) Guaranteed tuition policies and state general appropriations for higher education: A difference-in-difference analysis Journal of Education Finance 40 (4), 359-390

Delaney, J., & Kearney, T. (2015) The impact of guaranteed tuition policies on postsecondary tuition levels: A difference-in-difference approach Economics of Education Review  link >

Delaney, J. (2014) The role of state policy in ensuring opportunity to learn by promoting college affordability The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 655, 56-78  link >

Delaney, J. (2014) Issues in higher education: Student aid and student debt. Illinois Report 2014 University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs: Urbana, IL  link >

Delaney, J., & Doyle, W. (2014) State spending on higher education capital outlays Research in Higher Education 55 (5), 433-466  link >

Delaney, J., & Yu, P. (2014) Can the U.S. meet its college completion goals with the current tuition structure? Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education: Madison, WI  link >

Delaney, J., & Yu, P. (2013) Policy innovation and tertiary education graduation rates: A cross-country analysis. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 43 (3), 387-409  link >

Delaney, J., & Yu, P. (2013) The role of tuition fees in the spread of higher education around the globe. Higher education in the global age: Policy, practice and promise in emerging societies Routledge: London, UK  link >

Delaney, J. (2011) Earmarks and state appropriations for higher education Journal of Education Finance 37 (1), 3-23  link >

Delaney, J. (2011) State Merit Aid and Graduate Study: Evidence from the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Journal of Student Financial Aid 41 (2), 6-21  link >

Delaney, J., & Doyle, W. (2011) State spending on higher education: Testing the balance wheel over time Journal of Education Finance 36 (4), 343-368  link >

Doyle, W., & Delaney, J. (2011) Bouncebacks in higher education funding: Patterns in length of time to recovery following cuts in state appropriations. (WISCAPE Policy Brief).. University of Wisconsin–Madison: Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).: Madison, WI  link >

Doyle, W., Delaney, J., & Naughton, B. (2009) Does institutional aid compensate for or comply with state policy? Research in Higher Education 50 (5), 502-523  link >

Doyle, W., & Delaney, J. (2009) Playing the numbers: Higher education funding – The new normal Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning  link >

Delaney, J., & Doyle, W. (2007) The role of higher education in state budgets. State postsecondary education research: New methods to inform policy and practice Stylus Publishing: Sterling, VA  link >

Doyle, W., Delaney, J., & Naughton, B. (2004) Institutions amplifying state policy: How public colleges award institutional aid Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning  link >

Fitzgerald, B., & Delaney, J. (2003) Educational opportunity in America. Condition of access: Higher education for lower income sudents Oryx Press: Phoenix, AZ  link >

Delaney, J., & Dharmapala, D.. "Pay it forward" and higher education subsidies: A theoretical model  link >

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Grants

Principal Investigator The Impact of Guaranteed Tuition Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Levels: A Difference-in-Difference Approach, Association for Institutional Research, 2013 - 2014

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Service

Journal of Student Financial Aid Editorial Board Member Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2013 - present

Research in Higher Education Consulting Editorial Board Member Research in Higher Education, 2012 - present

Journal of Education Finance Editorial Advisory Board member Journal of Education Finance, 2009 - present

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Courses

Higher Education Finance Explores the foundations of higher education finance by analyzing key theories, structures, and challenges of college and university financing. Students will examine readings, present papers and actively participate in class discussions, so as to better comprehend the financial complexities dictating current institutional policies and practices. Course Information: Prerequisite: EOL 571.

Jennifer Delaney

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Contact

Office

362 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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