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Analysis by UW-Madison’s Hillman among most-read AERA research articles of 2015

February 18, 2016

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently announced its most read education research articles of 2015.

In addition to a list of the top 10 papers overall, AERA also announced the top 10 articles accessed for each of its seven peer-reviewed journals. And among these reports garnering special recognition is an article co-authored by UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman titled, “Evaluating the Impacts of ‘New’ Performance Funding in Higher Education.” AERA reports that this was the No. 2 most-read article in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Nicholas Hillman
Speaking about this article, which appears in the December 2015 issue, AERA notes how “new research found that state higher education performance funding falls short of its intended goals of raising student retention and degree completion rates at community colleges.”

Hillman, the lead author on the article, is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Co-authors on this article also include David A. Tandberg of Florida State University and Alisa H. Fryar of the University of Oklahoma.

AERA explains how articles that made its most-read lists were deemed most popular by the number of times they were accessed online.