AERA To Release New Book on State Spending for Higher Education Led by Delaney
AERA To Release New Book on State Spending for Higher Education Led by Delaney

March 2023

This April, AERA will release Volatility in State Spending for Higher Education, a pioneering book led by volume editor Jennifer A. Delaney (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). Emanating from an AERA research conference, this volume frames new issues and breaks new ground.

The severity of cuts and the unpredictability in state funding for higher education have garnered headlines across the nation since the turn of the present century. In this context, the authors in this volume argue that too little attention is paid to the consequences of volatility in funding, as most discussions focus on levels of funding. Their research addresses an important blind spot in the academic literature since predictability matters—to institutions, students, families, and states. In addition, the risks of operating in an uncertain financial environment have led to behaviors that are not always in the best interests of states, institutions, faculty, students, or the public good.

Under Delaney’s leadership and with expert authors who had convened at the AERA research conference, this book provides new knowledge that improves the research base and situates volatility as a key element in better understanding state support for higher education and its consequences.

The full table of contents of this 11-chapter book can be viewed here.  

The volume is available for advance sale and discounted price through this link. The book will be released in Chicago and will be on sale at the AERA Exhibit Booth (free domestic shipping) and during the virtual component (May 4-5).

Photo credit: L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois News Bureau

About the Editor
Jennifer A. Delaney is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she serves as the director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education as well as the director of the Higher Education Program. She is also a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Previously, she worked for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and served as a consultant for the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. She earned a PhD in higher education administration from Stanford University, an EdM in higher education from Harvard University, and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.