Andrew Gillen, Ph.D.

Andrew Gillen, Ph.D., is a senior policy analyst in the Next Generation Texas campaign and an adjunct professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gillen’s recent work has focused on how to reform federal financial aid, how state disinvestment is a myth, and how post-college earnings and debt should be used to inform student choice and government accountability.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Gillen spent over a decade at nonprofit and philanthropic organizations researching and trying to improve higher education. He was a program officer for the Charles Koch Foundation and served in research roles for American Institutes for Research, Education Sector; the American Council of Trustees and Alumni; and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He was also on the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

Andrew has a Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University and a B.B.A. (business) degree from Ohio University.

Higher Education

Biden Administration Planned to Facilitate Fraud as Part of Loan Forgiveness Plan

It is no secret that the Biden administration wants to forgive student loans. One—of at least eight—of its forgiveness proposals has been definitively buried, which would have forgiven up to $20,000 per borrower, or $10,000 if not a Pell Grant recipient. There were many reasons why this plan was terribly designed, and it was ultimately ruled illegal by the Supreme Court. But...

December 6, 2023
Higher Education

Support for Hamas Reveals Two Truths: DEI is a Lie and Institutional Neutrality is Essential

Hamas’s rampage through Israel earlier this month was a shock to the world. The terrorists deliberately targeted civilians, including children, women, and the elderly. Babies had their heads cut off. Women were raped and then murdered. In all, 1,400 Israelis were killed, the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. The sadistic methods are tough to even read:...

October 30, 2023