Bob Blankenberger

BlankenbergerBob Blankenberger is an associate professor in the Public Administration Department. He was chair of the department from August 2015 to August 2020. He has taught Public Policy Seminar, Capstone in Public Administration, Introduction to the Profession, Public Policy for Managers, Contemporary Issues in Policy, Program Implementation and the undergraduate public administration research methods and capstone sequence at UIS. He received his PhD in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from St. Louis University in 2005. He served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at UIS during the 2016-17, and 2017-18 academic years. The AVCUE serves as a line officer intermediate between the College Deans and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost in areas of designated responsibility, including oversight of undergraduate education. Among other duties as AVCUE, he coordinated new undergraduate program approvals and reviews, furthered program and learning assessment processes, and contributed significantly to the university’s Higher Learning Commission 10-year reaccreditation. His most recent position prior to joining UIS was Deputy Director of Academic Affairs and Student Success at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. There he was responsible for oversight of new institution and degree program approval and review for Illinois postsecondary institutions, reviewed and revised administrative rules for oversight of postsecondary institutions in Illinois, developed the Illinois Articulation Major Initiative, was the Academic Affairs point person for the Board for implementation of performance funding legislation, and was co-developer of legislation to transfer authority over private business and vocational schools to the Board of Higher Education. Previous to his work at IBHE, he served in a variety of roles at Springfield College in Illinois – Benedictine University. During his time as a faculty member there he taught organizational psychology, research methods, and a variety of political science and history courses. He was chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, and also held positions as Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Registrar, Financial Aid Director, and Dean of Students.

Dr. Blankenberger has a variety of publications, research projects and presentations mostly related to higher education. His research has been published in Educational Researcher, Research in Higher Education, Educational PolicyCommunity College Review, The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, Education and Urban Society, Journal of Community College Research and Practice,  Administrative Theory and Praxis, Journal of General Education, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Public Voices as well as in a book chapter “The Higher Education Policy Environment and Accountability” for Dr. Derek Slagle and Dr. Adam Williams’ edited book Public Affairs Practicum. Citations for his publications are available at ORCID. He serves on the editorial board of the American Review of Public Administration and is a peer-reviewer for several other journals.

Bob Blankenberger CV (PDF)

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Recent Publications:

  • (2021, open access, online ahead of print). Blankenberger, B., Gehlhausen Anderson, S., & Lichtenberger, E. Improving institutional evaluation methods: Comparing evaluations using PSM, Exact and Coarsened Exact Matching. Research in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1007/s11162-021-09646-8. Available for open access download through Springer.
  • (2021). Slagle, D., Blankenberger, B., & Williams, A. (joint first authorship, online ahead of print). Are online doctoral program graduates viewed as hireable for academic positions? The case of public affairs programs. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/07377363.2020.1859349
  • (2020). Gehlhausen Anderson, S., & Blankenberger, B. (joint first authorship, online ahead of print). Validation and living learning communities: An evaluation case study.  Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. Available here.
  • (2020). Blankenberger, B. & Williams, A. COVID and the impact on higher education: The essential role of integrity and accountability, Administrative Theory & Praxis, 42(3), 404-423. Available here
  • (2020). Blankenberger, B. Higher education policy environment and accountability. In D. Slagle & A. Williams (Eds.), Practicum in Public Administration (pp. 11-43). San Diego, CA: Birkdale Publishers.
  • (2017). Illinois’ African American and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to complete a Bachelor’s degree than their White peers. USApp-American Politics and Policy Blog. Available here.
  • (2017). Blankenberger, B., McChesney, K. Y., Schnebly, S. M., Moranski, K. R., & Dell, H. Measuring racial bias and general education assessment. The Journal of General Education, 66(1), 42-59. Available here.
  • (2017). Blankenberger, B., Lichtenberger, E., & Witt, M. A.  Dual credit participation, college selectivity, and enhanced degree attainment. Educational Researcher 46(5), 259-263. Available here.
  • (2017). Blankenberger, B., Lichtenberger, E., Witt, M. A., & Franklin, D.  Diverse students, high school factors, and completion agenda goals: An analysis of the Illinois class of 2003. Education and Urban Society 49(5), 518-545. Available here.
  • (2017). Bland, J. T. & Blankenberger, B. Collaboration challenges and the construction of complex data systems: Lessons from the development of the Illinois Longitudinal Data System. Public Administration Quarterly, 41(4), 695-740. Available here.
  • (2016). Blankenberger, B., & Phillips, A.  Implementation of performance funding in Illinois higher education: The roles of the completion agenda, budget environment, and interest group dynamics in the process. Educational Policy, 30(6), 884-915. doi: 10.1177/0895904814556748. Available here.
  • (2016). Blankenberger, B. & Cantrell-Bruce, T. Nonprofit education: Evaluating and assessing the skill sets that our students learn. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 6(3), 243-253DOI: Available here.
  • (2016). Franklin, D., & Blankenberger, B. Program evaluation of community college learning assistance centers: What do LAC directors think? Community College Review, 44(1) 3-25. DOI: 10.1177/0091552115609998. Available here.
  • (2015). Cantrell-Bruce, T. & Blankenberger, B. Seeing clearly: Measuring skill sets that address the “blurred boundaries” of nonprofit education. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 21(3), 367-380. Available here (PDF).