Biography

Jennifer A. Delaney is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also the Director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education. In addition, Dr. Delaney is a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Dr. Delaney’s research focuses on higher education policy, with an emphasis on finance. Previously, she worked for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and served as a consultant for the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. She was also an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration 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

Director, Forum on the Future of Public Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 - present

Associate Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015 - present

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

Visiting Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2020 - 2020

Visiting Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2019 - 2019

Associate Editor, Educational Researcher, An AERA Journal, 2017 - 2019

Visiting Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2018 - 2018

Lecturer, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2017 - 2017

Visiting Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2015 - 2016

Faculty Fellow, Forum on the Future of Public Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - 2016

Faculty Affiliate, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2009 - 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 - 2015

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

Scholar, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, 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

Member (gubernatorial appointment) and Executive Committee Member, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 2019 - present

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2018 (2 courses), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 - 2018

2017 “Five Star Reviewer” Award, Research in Higher Education, 2017 - 2017

2017 National Education Finance Academy Distinguished Fellow, National Education Finance Academy, 2017 - 2017

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 - 2017

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

Faculty Fellow, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 2014 - 2014

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

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

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students. Spring 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013 - 2013

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

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - 2012

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 - 2011

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Spring 2011 (2 courses), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 - 2011

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, Fall 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 - 2009

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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Publications

Delaney, J., & Doyle, W. (2018). Patterns and Volatility in State Funding for Higher Education, 1951-2006. Teachers College Record, 120 (6), 1-42.

Delaney, J., & Dharmapala, D. (2017). "Pay it forward" and higher education subsidies: A theoretical model. Contemporary Economic Policy.  link >

Delaney, J., Kearney, T., & , . (2016). Alternative student-based revenue streams for higher education institutions: A difference-in-difference analysis using guaranteed tuition policies. Journal of Higher Education, 87 (5), 731-769.  link >

Delaney, J. (2016). Interactions between federal academic earmarks and state funding for higher education: An instrumental variables approach. Journal of Education Finance, 41 (1), 49-78.  link >

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., Kearney, T., & Hemenway, B. (2016). Balancing tuition predictability and affordability: The pitfalls of guaranteed tuition plans. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 48 (2), 59-66.  link >

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.  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 Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs.  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? Madison, WI: Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.  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 ( pp. 288-326). London, UK: Routledge.  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) Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin–Madison: Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE.  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, 41 (4), 60-62.  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 ( pp. 55-76). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.  link >

Doyle, W., Delaney, J., & Naughton, B. (2004). Institutions amplifying state policy: How public colleges award institutional aid. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 36 (4), 36-41.  link >

Fitzgerald, B., & Delaney, J. (2003). Educational opportunity in America. Condition of access: Higher education for lower income sudents ( pp. 3-24). Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.  link >

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Presentations

“Promoting College Affordability” Invited paper presentation. Presidential Session: The Role of State Policy in Ensuring Opportunity to Learn (2012).: Las Vegas, NV.

“The Role of Tuition Fees in the Spread of Higher Education around the Globe” (2012).: Las Vegas, NV.

“The Spread of Higher Education around the Globe: A Cross-Country Analysis of Gross Tertiary Education Enrollment” (2012).: Champaign, IL.

“State Spending on Higher Education: Testing the Balance Wheel over Time” Journal of Education Finance Outstanding Paper of the Year presentation (2012).: San Antonio, TX.

“The Spread of Higher Education around the Globe: A Cross-country Analysis of Gross Tertiary Education Enrollment” (2012).: Chicago, IL.

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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

Illinois Board of Higher Education, 2019 - present

Educational Researcher, An AERA Journal, 2017 - 2019

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 (EOL 576) 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.

Public Policy in Higher Ed (EOL 577)

Higher Education Finance (EPOL 555)

Public Policy in Higher Ed (EPOL 566) Intended primarily for doctoral students in higher education, this course will enable students to analyze contemporary public policy issues confronting American higher education. Selected policy issues will be probed in depth, drawing upon scholarly sources and public reports. Students will comprehend the interaction and tension among higher education leaders, and local, state, and federal policymakers.

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