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Meredith Billings

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Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate, 2017-2019

Meredith S. Billings is currently assistant professor of educational leadership at Sam Houston State University.

Billings was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute, 2017-2019. She completed her Ph.D. at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research was 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 evaluated 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.

  • Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S., Neuroscience, College of William and Mary
News Featuring Meredith Billings

by Jewel Caruso

Three McBee Institute graduates and a postdoctoral associate combined forces to research funding trends during the pandemic, Paul Rubin (PhD 2017), Meredith Billings (Postdoc Research and Teaching Associate 2017-2019), Lindsey Hammond (…

A large number of MIHE students, faculty, alumni, and former postdoctoral associates are participating in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century. The…

Meredith Billings (postdoctoral associate, 2017-2019) has been elected vice chair of Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE) by her ASHE peers.

CPPHE is open to all members of ASHE and promotes research on public policy in U.S…

Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) and Meredith Billings (Postdoc, 2017-2019) present Causal Inference for Policy Analysis in Higher Education on Friday, October 30 from 12:00-1:30 eastern.

IHE postdoctoral associate Meredith Billings and doctoral student Melissa Whatley were selected as fellows for the 2019 NCES Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education. The institute provides an intensive introduction…

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