PhD, 2018

Rachel Burns is a Research Education Analyst at RTI International. Her current interests in the field of higher education include the implications of federal and state policies with regards to undocumented and under-documented immigrant students in colleges and universities, as well as the organization and management of minority-serving institutions. She also has done research on the changing faculty workforce, international education, and graduate student debt and has presented on these and other topics at national conferences.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and French language from the University of Virginia, and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. As a graduate student, Rachel taught Introduction to Political Science and served as a graduate assistant for the UGA’s Office of Economic Development. Following graduation, Burns worked as a grants specialist for the Department of Genetics, and later in the Office for Sponsored Programs within the Office of the Vice President for Research. She also served as a research assistant with UGA’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute as well as with IHE faculty members James Hearn and Karen Webber on a variety of grant-funded and independent study projects.

Burns was the 2016-17 recipient of the Zell and Shirley Miller Fellowship, which is awarded annually to a “doctoral student of high promise.”

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 1:43pm

Karen Webber and Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) appear in Research in Higher Education. Noting the upward trend in borrowing among graduate and professional students, Webber and Burns investigate the implications on students and institutions and on policy developmen

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 3:15pm

Nathan Moore (PhD 2020) and Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) explore the extent, drivers, and means by which economic development has become a focus of public postsecondary institutions.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 10:53am

Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) & Karen Webber are published in the Journal of Student Financial Aid (vol. 48, issue 3).

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 8:05am

The Institute will be well represented at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum in Denver, May 28-31. Faculty, students, and alumni will be presenting and leading discussion groups.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:09pm

In addition to the large group of IHE faculty and students who presented papers at the AERA conference in Toronto (April 5-8), Noble Jones (PhD 2018) received the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AERA's Division J, and Associate Professor Tim Cain was recogniz