Publications and Presentations

On this page you can find a list of some of my publications and presentations, with links to more information, web versions, or PDF downloads.  For items that are copyright restricted, full text downloads may not be available.  This page will be updated periodically.

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Heller, D. E. & Callender, C. (Eds.) (2013). Student financing of higher education: A comparative perspective. New York and London, UK: Routledge.

  • Review, Journal of Student Financial Aid

Heller, D. E. (Ed.). (2011). The states and public higher education policy: Affordability, access, and accountability (2nd edition). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Review, Review of Higher Education

Heller, D. E. & d’Ambrosio, M. B. (Eds.) (2009). Generational shockwaves and the implications for higher education. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Review, Review of Higher Education
  • Review, Czech Sociological Review

Shaw, K. M., & Heller, D. E. (Eds.) (2007). State postsecondary education research: New methods to inform policy and practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

  • Review, Journal of Higher Education
  • Review, Review of Higher Education

Heller, D. E. (Ed.) (2002). Condition of access: Higher education for lower income students. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education).

  • Review, Journal of Higher Education
  • Review, Review of Higher Education
  • Review, Journal of College Student Development

Journal articles (partial list)

Cheslock, J. J., Hughes, R. P., Frick Cardelle, R., & Heller, D. E. (2018). Filling the gap: The use of intentional and incidental need-meeting financial aidThe Review of Higher Education, 41(4), 577-605.

Heller, D. E. (2017). Financial aid research: The nexus of academic, practitioner, and policy work. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 47(3), 97-104

Arbaugh, F., Ball, D. L., Grossman, P., Heller, D. E., & Monk, D. (2015). Deans’ corner: Views on the state of teacher education in 2015. Journal of Teacher Education, 66(5), 435-445

Heller, D. E. (2013). By the numbers: Exploding the Bennett Hypothesis. The Presidency, 16(3), 27

Gilbert, C. K., & Heller, D. E. (2013). Access, equity, and community colleges: The Truman Commission and federal higher education policy from 1947 to 2011. The Journal of Higher Education, 84(3), 417-443

Heller, D. E. (2011). The impact of gainful employment regulations. Change, 43(5), 58-64

Heller, D. E. (2009). The context of higher education reform in the United States. Higher Education Management and Policy, 21(2), 71-88 (PDF)

McLendon, M. K., Heller, D. E., & Lee, S. D. (2009). High school to college transition policy in the American states: Conceptual and analytical perspectives on conducting a cross-state study. Educational Policy, 23(2), 385-418

Heller, D. E., & Rogers, K. R. (2006). Shifting the burden: Public and private financing of higher education in the United States and implications for Europe. Tertiary Education and Management, 12(2), 91-117

Heller, D. E. (2006). Early commitment of financial aid eligibility. American Behavioral Scientist, 49(12), 1719-1738

McLendon, M. K., Heller, D. E., & Young, S. P. (2005). State postsecondary policy innovation: Politics, competition, and the interstate migration of policy ideas. The Journal of Higher Education, 76(4), 363-400

Heller, D. E. (2005). Public subsidies for higher education in California: An exploratory analysis of who pays and who benefits. Educational Policy, 19(2), 349-370

Heller, D. E. (2004). The changing nature of financial aid. Academe, 90(4), 36-38

Heller, D. E. (2003). Aid matters: Merit aid is the wrong tool to attract the best and the brightest. Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, XVIII(1), 24-25 (PDF)

Heller, D. E. (2001). Race, gender, and institutional financial aid awards. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 31(1), 7-24

Heller, D. E., & Nelson Laird, T. F. (1999). Institutional need-based and non-need grants: Trends and differences among college and university sectors. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 29(3), 7-24

Heller, D. E. (1999). The effects of tuition and state financial aid on public college enrollment. Review of Higher Education, 23(1), 65-89

Heller, D. E. (1997). Student price response in higher education: An update to Leslie and Brinkman. Journal of Higher Education, 68(6), 624-659

Op-eds (partial list)

Heller, D. E. (2018, February 9). After Michigan State: ‘Could we be next?’. The Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A29

Heller, D. E. (2017, January 4). Why Gov. Cuomo’s free tuition plan won’t help New York’s state of mind. The Hechinger Report

Heller, D. E. (2016, November 28). Expect DeVos to apply her free-market outlook to higher education. The Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A10

Heller, D. E. (2016, November 16). Trump needs to shut down the vitriol he unleashed. San Francisco Chronicle, p. A10

Heller, D. E. (2016, July 31). Want college to be affordable? Start with Pell Grants. The Conversation

Heller, D. E. (2016, July 26). One size doesn’t fit all in higher education. The Washington Post

Heller, D. E. (2016, June 24). Race trumps income when it comes to creating a diverse college campus. The Washington Post

Heller, D. E. (2016, May 26). Trump’s higher ed proposals could leave poor students out of college. The Conversation

Heller, D. E. (2016, March 13). What I’m reading: The Secret History of Wonder Woman. The Chronicle of Higher Education

Heller, D. E. (2016, March 3). Should wealthier students get subsidized college education? The Conversation

Heller, D. E. (2015, August 24). Clinton’s debt-free college comes with a price tag. The Conversation

Heller, D. (2015, July 23). Martin O’Malley’s debt isn’t average: Column. USA Today

Heller, D. (2015, July 22). O’Malley’s financial aid debt is not representative. The Baltimore Sun, p. 15

Heller, D. E. (2015, June 7). Pell Grants lifting kids out of poverty and into middle class. Detroit Free Press, p. A15

Heller, D. E. (2015, June 2). Not so quick on cancelling debt. Inside Higher Ed

Heller, D. E. (2015, April 10). The end of college? Not so fast. The Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A64

Heller, D. E. (2015, January 13). Free access to community college benefits students but not the nation. The Conversation

Monographs (partial list)

Heller, D. E. (2014, September). College affordability and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  Cambridge, MA: Scholars Strategy Network

Heller, D. E. (2013, June). The role of Pell Grants in an era of rising tuition prices. Reflections on Pell: Championing social justice through 40 years of educational opportunity (pp. 64-67). Washington, DC: The Pell Institute for Opportunity in Education (PDF)

Heller, D. E. (2013, April). Does federal financial aid drive up college tuition prices? Washington, DC: American Council on Education (PDF)

Baum, S., Breneman, D. W., Chingos, M. M., Ehrenberg, R. G., Fowler, P., Hayek, J., Heller, D. E., Jones, A. G., Longanecker, D. A., Nesbitt, T. J., Scott-Clayton, J., Turner, S. E., Wellman, J. V., Whitehurst, G. (2012). Beyond need and merit: Strengthening state grant programs. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution

Heller, D. E., Hendrickson, R., Griffin, K., Timmerman III, T., & Gilbert, C. (2011, July). Veterans’ education in science and engineering: Evaluation design. Final report to the National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA (PDF)

Reason, R. D., Evensen, D. H., & Heller, D. E. (2009, July). Evaluation of Pennsylvania’s Act 101 Programs. University Park: Center for the Study of Higher Education, The Pennsylvania State University (PDF)

Heller, D. E. (2008, May). Student access and strategic pricing. TIAA-CREF Institute, Advancing Higher Education Series, New York, NY

Heller, D. E., & Marin, P. (Eds.). (2004, October). State merit scholarship programs and racial inequality. Cambridge, MA: The Civil Rights Project, Harvard University

Terenzini, P., Strauss, L., Heller, D., Caffrey, H. S., Reason, R., & Reindl, T. (2003, August). What works to enhance student success in college. Washington, DC and University Park, PA: American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Higher Education (PDF)

Heller, D. E., & Marin, P. (Eds.) (2002, August). Who should we help? The negative social consequences of merit scholarships. Cambridge, MA: The Civil Rights Project, Harvard University

Presentations (partial list)

Heller, D. E. (2017, March). Higher education financing: A global perspective, Education Finance Council 25th Annual Membership Meeting, San Diego, CA

Heller, D. E. (2016, November). Accessibility, affordability, and attainment for underserved, underrepresented, and under-resourced educational populations, Beyond the Bicentennial: The Promise of Vincentian Higher Education, New York, NY

Heller, D. E. (2016, October). Clinton’s tuition free proposal: Would it work and what would it mean for California? Center for Studies in Higher Education and Institute for Governmental Studies, U. of California Berkeley

Multimedia (partial list)

USF Provost Don Heller on Preparing for the Unthinkable: After Michigan State, Navigating Change Podcast, 5/22/18

Clinton’s tuition free proposal: Would it work and what would it mean for California?, U. of California Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education and Institute for Governmental Studies, 10/26/16 (YouTube)

Leadership Profile, USF Board of Trustees (Vimeo)

Introduction of and speech by Carlotta Walls LaNier, Michigan State University College of Education Commencement Speaker, Spring 2014 (YouTube)