Rachel Burns

Senior Policy Analyst

Rachel Burns joined SHEEO in February 2022. She serves as a senior policy analyst in the Boulder office. In this role, Dr. Burns is helping lead, coordinate, and develop a multiyear research endeavor to quantify the impacts of college closures on student persistence and completion. Dr. Burns also assists in a variety of areas, including supporting SHEEO’s efforts to perform high-quality analysis, policy evaluation, and research in order to advance critical programs and projects; and joins other SHEEO staff in general membership outreach and support.


Before joining SHEEO, Dr. Burns was a research education analyst in RTI International’s Center for Education Survey Research and Analysis, where she specialized in large-scale education survey data, administrative data collection, and variable specification and construction. Her work at RTI focused on postsecondary education surveys for the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education—primarily on the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), the High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS), and the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS). Dr. Burns earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia.



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