Current CV

Peer Reviewed Publications

Doyle, W. R., Dziezinski, A., and Delaney, J. (2020b). Modeling volatility in public funding for higher education. Forthcoming in Journal of Education Finance

Skinner, B. T. and Doyle, W. R. (2020). Do civic returns to higher education differ across subpopulations? An analysis using propensity forests. Forthcoming in the, Journal of Education Finance

Delaney, J. A. and Doyle, W. R. (2018). Patterns and volatility in state funding for higher education, 1951-2006. Teachers College Record, 120(6)

Doyle, W. R. and Skinner, B. T. (2016a). Does higher education result in civic benefits? Forthcoming in Journal of Higher Education

Baker, D. and Doyle, W. R. (2016). Impact of community college student debt levels on educational attainment. Forthcoming in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Delaney, J. A. and Doyle, W. R. (2016). Patterns and volatility in state funding for higher education, 1951-2006. Forthcoming in Teachers College Record

Doyle, W. R. and Skinner, B. T. (2016c). Estimating the education-earnings equation using geographic variation. Economics of Education Review, 53:254–267

Doyle, W. and Zumeta, W. (2014). State-Level Responses to the Access and Completion Challenge in the New Era of Austerity . The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 655(1):79–98

Delaney, J. A. and Doyle, W. R. (2014). State spending on higher education capital outlays.
Research in Higher Education, 55:433–466

Doyle, W. R. (2012). The politics of public college tuition and state financial aid. Journal of Higher Education, 83(5):617–647

Doyle, W. R. (2011a). Effect of increased academic intensity on transfer rates: An application of the generalized propensity score. Economics of Education Review, 30(1):191–200

Delaney, J. A. and Doyle, W. R. (2011). State spending on higher education: Testing the balance wheel over time. Journal of Education Finance, 36(4):343–68 *

Doyle, W. R. and Gorbunov, A. V. (2011). The growth of community colleges in the American states: An application of count models to institutional growth. Teachers College Record, 113(8):1794–1826

Doyle, W. R. (2010). Changes in institutional aid, 1992-2003: The evolving role of merit aid. Research in Higher Education, 51(8):789–810

Doyle, W. R. (2010). U.S. Senator’s ideal points for higher education: Documenting partisanship, 1965-2004. Journal of Higher Education, 81(5):619–644

Doyle, W. R., McLendon, M. K., and Hearn, J. C. (2010). The adoption of prepaid tuition and savings plans in the American states: An event history analysis. Research in Higher Education, 51(7):659–686

Doyle, W. R. (2010). Does state merit-based aid “crowd out” need based aid? Research in Higher Education, 51(5):397–415

Doyle, W. R. (2009). The effect of community college enrollment on bachelor’s degree completion. Economics of Education Review, 28(2):199–206

Doyle, W. R. (2009). Impact of increased academic intensity on transfer rates: An application ofmatching estimators to student-unit record data. Research in Higher Education, 50(1):52–72

Doyle, W. R., Delaney, J. A., and Naughton, B. A. (2008). Public institutional aid and state policy: Compensation or compliance? Research in Higher Education, 50(5):502–523

McLendon, M. K., Mokher, C. G., and Doyle, W. R. (2008). ‘Privileging’ public research universities: An empirical analysis of the distribution of state appropriations across research and non-research universities. Journal of Education Finance, 34(4):372–401

Doyle, W. R. (2007). Public opinion, partisan identification, and higher education policyJournal of Higher Education, 78(4):369–401

Doyle, W. R. (2006). Policy adoption of state merit aid programs: An event history analysis. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(3):259–285

Book Chapters

Doyle, W. R. and Kirst, M. W. (2015). Explaining policy change in k-12 and higher education. In Stevens, M. and Kirst, M. W., editors, Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher

Education, page 190. Stanford University Press

Doyle, W. R. (2014). Efficiency in degree production among public comprehensive
universities. In Schneider, M. and Deane, K. C., editors, The University Next Door: What Is a
Comprehensive University, Who Does It Educate, and Can It Survive? Teachers College Press,
New York

Zumeta, W. and Doyle, W. R. (2012). State environments for higher education policy. In Zumeta, W. M., Callan, P. M., and Finney, J. E., editors, Financing Increased Higher Education Capacity. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

Doyle, W. R. (2008). Access, equity, and excellence: The competing goals of state student financial aid. In Baum, S. and McPherson, M., editors, Rethinking Student Aid, pages 160–188. The College Board, New York

Doyle, W. R. (2007). The political economy of redistribution through higher education subsidies. In Smart, J. C., editor, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, volume XXII, pages 335–410. Springer, New York

Doyle, W. R. (2007). Challenges in collecting cross-state measures of resources for higher education. In Shaw, K.M. and Heller, D. E., editors, The Challenges of Comparative State-Level Higher Education Policy Research, pages 97–120. Stylus, Stirling, VA

Delaney, J. A. and Doyle, W. R. (2007). The role of higher education in state budgets. In Shaw, K. M. and Heller, D. E., editors, The Challenges of Comparative State-Level Higher Education Policy Research, pages 55–76. Stylus, Sterling

Doyle, W. R. (2006). State accountability policies and Boyer’s domains of scholarship: conflict or collaboration? In Braxton, J., editor, Analyzing Faculty Work and Rewards Using Boyer’s Four Domains of Scholarship, New Directions for Institutional Research, pages 97–113. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco

Other Scholarly Work

Doyle, W. R. (2020b). Higher education’s nightmare scenario. Chronicle of Higher Education

Tamburin, A., Gonzalez, J., and Doyle, W. R. (2019). Educating Tennessee: Why where you live may predict your college attainment. Tennessean


Bailey, T., Bashford, J.and Boatman, A., Squires, J.Weiss, M., Doyle, W., Valentine, J. C., LaSota, R., Polanin, J. R., Spinney, E., Wilson, W., Yeide, M., and Young, S. H. (2016). Strategies for postsecondary students in developmental education – a practice guide for college and university administrators, advisors, and faculty. Technical report, Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse, Washington, DC

Doyle, W. R. and Pingel, S. (2016). Better together? State and federal funding for student financial aid. Technical report, Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO

Finney, J. E. and Doyle, W. R. (2016). College affordability diagnosis. Technical report, University of Pennsylvania Institute on Research in Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA

Callan, P. M., Doyle, W. R., Finney, J. E., and Harvey, D. (2015). Affordability of public higher education in SREB states: A regional profile. Technical report, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA







Doyle, W. R. (2011). The return of the overeducated American? Change, 43(4):55

Doyle, W. R. and Gorbunov, A. V. (2010). Getting through. Change, 42(6):58

Doyle, W. R. (2010). The gender “crisis” in higher education. Change Magazine, 42(3):52–54

Doyle, W. R. (2009). Hard choices. Change Magazine, 41(6):50–54

Doyle, W. R. and Delaney, J. A. (2009a). Higher education funding: The new normal. Change Magazine, 41(4):60–62

Doyle, W. R. (2009). Online learning: The revolution that wasn’t. Change Magazine, 41(3):56–58

Doyle, W. R. (2008). The baby boomers as faculty: What will they leave behind? Change Magazine, 40(6):56–60

Doyle, W. R. (2008). Follow the money. Change Magazine, 40(5):56–58

Doyle, W. R. (2006). What’s in a name? Change Magazine, 38(6):51–54

Doyle, W. R. (2006). Community college transfers and college graduation: Whose choices matter most? Change Magazine, 38(3):42–44

Doyle, W. R. (2006). Running twice as fast, just to keep up. Change Magazine, 38(2):57–58

Doyle, W. R., Delaney, J. A., and Naughton, B. A. (2004). Institutions amplifying state policy. Change Magazine, 36(4):36–42

Callan, P. M., Finney, J. E., and Doyle, W. R. (2001). Evaluating state higher education performance: Measuring Up 2000. Change Magazine, 33(2):10–19

Doyle, W. R. and Conklin, K. (1998). Tuition inflation. National Crosstalk, 5(3)

Doyle, W. R. and Trombley, W. (1998). Tennessee’s bid for national academic prominence. National Crosstalk, 6(2):1

Doyle, W. R. and Trombley, W. (1997). Closed doors? community college transfer students face tightened admissions policies at Cal state and UC. Crosstalk, 5(1)

Doyle, W. R. (1997). Interactive instructional technology: Northern Arizona University offers new long-distance teaching strategies. Crosstalk, 5(2)

Doyle, W. R. and Trombley, W. (1996). Unexpected windfall: California community colleges benefit from this year’s generous budget. Crosstalk, 4(3)

Doyle, W. R. (1996). An unusual collaboration: Nevada community colleges and high schools make the most of limited resources. Crosstalk, 4(3)


*Winner of the National Education Finance Conference Scholarly Paper of the Year Award

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