Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate
Meredith S. Billings completing her PhD at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan for graduation in fall 2017. Her dissertation research is on nine promise programs in Michigan, which offer free or discounted tuition and fees to all eligible students within specific geographic locations. Using a quasi-experimental research design, Meredith evaluates the effect of promise scholarship eligibility on college enrollment, choice, persistence, and degree completion.
Meredith’s overall research agenda focuses on college affordability, state financial aid policies, and degree completion initiatives. She has completed prior research on the evaluation of a broad-based merit aid program in Michigan called the Michigan Promise Scholarship with Susan Dynarski and Brian Jacobs and worked on a state-wide random control trial for a dual-credit mathematics course in Tennessee with Susan Dynarski, Steven Hemelt, and Nicole Ross. Her next research project focuses on examining promise program recipients in Michigan community colleges and universities.
Prior to attending her doctoral program, Meredith was an institutional researcher at Tufts University. She has a M.A. in higher education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and B.S. in neuroscience from the College of William and Mary.