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Jennifer Delaney

Jennifer A. Delaney is an assistant professor in higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. She is a faculty fellow with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, a faculty affiliate with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs and the Forum on the Future of Public Education at UIUC, and a faculty affiliate with the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. She is also past-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 consultant with the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, 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.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Stanford University, 2007
  • M.Ed., Higher Education, Harvard University, 2000
  • B.A., English, University of Michigan, 1999

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
  • Chair, Council for Public Policy in Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2011-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecond, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor, Educational Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois, 2009-present
  • 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

Activities & Honors

  • Faculty Fellow, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 2014-present
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students. Spring 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • 2012 Scholarly Paper Award, Journal of Education Finance, 2012
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009

Select Publications

In The News

Study by EPOL professor finds federal stimulus fails to protect college affordability

Aug. 8, 2014

A new analysis by higher education expert Jennifer A. Delaney, a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, indicates that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 may have failed to promote college access and affordability. According to Delaney, the federal stimulus hurt rather than helped college access and affordability by prompting reductions in student financial aid programs. Read more...

IBHE Faculty Fellow Jennifer Delaney to use her expertise in education economics to bridge public policy research and practice

Jul. 9, 2014

Professor Jennifer Delaney was selected as a faculty fellow in the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Faculty Fellows Program. She is the first faculty member from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to receive the fellowship, which will take place during the fall 2014 semester. Read more...

In Illinois, eligibility and demand on the rise for need-based financial aid

Jul. 9, 2014

Sixty-four percent of students in Illinois pursuing their bachelor’s degree in college enter the working world with an average debt of $28,028. Nationwide, student debt as of May 2013 was $1.01 trillion. Statistics like these show that college affordability is an issue of major concern for students and families. Read more...