Liang Zhang, a professor of higher education in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, has been awarded a $49,960 grant from the Spencer’s Foundation Small Research Grants program.
Zhang’s grant will support a study titled, “Unpacking the Heterogeneous Impact of the Post-9/11 GI Bill on College Participation among Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities.” The study examines the impact of the educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill on college enrollment for veterans with service-connected disabilities, as well as its potentially heterogeneous impact across groups of different age, gender, race/ethnicity, and disability ratings. The researcher notes that his study is “situated within the intersection of two pivotal lines of literature: financial aid and students with disabilities” and “fills an important void in post-secondary education research.”
Zhang’s research focuses on higher education economics, finance, and public policy; and the role of governments and institutions in affecting institutional performances and student outcomes. His work has appeared in Economics of Education Review and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.