Rachel Burns is a research education analyst in RTI’s Center for Education Survey Design and Analysis, and is experienced in postsecondary data analysis, policy and surveys. She specializes in large-scale education survey data, engaging in administrative data collection, variable specification and construction, and quality checks and control.
Dr. Burns’ work at RTI focuses 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). She works on derivation of variables and the collection of administrative data to study how students and their families pay for college. She also assists with the quality control and evaluation of the Early Career Doctorates Survey (ECDS) for the National Science Foundation and acts as task leader for a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, that examines repayment of federal student loans.
Dr. Burns has coauthored several papers on the contingent faculty workforce, economic development in higher education, changes in graduate student loan debt over time, veteran students and military aid, and state financial aid policies. Before joining RTI, Dr. Burns received her PhD from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.