Kri Burkander

Research Associate


B.A. in Psychology: Antioch College
M.S.W. in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth: University of Michigan
Ph.D. in Education Policy: Michigan State University


Kri N. Burkander joined RFA as a Research Associate in 2017. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth in classroom and out-of-school settings, as an educator, mixed-methods researcher, clinician, and administrator. As a member of the qualitative team, Kri supports RFA’s postsecondary policy projects, including an evaluation of state and local free community college programs, developing a multi-state dashboard for Jobs for the Future’s Student Success Center Network, and examining equity indicators in outcomes-based funding formulas in six states. Prior to joining RFA, she worked at Educational Testing Service (ETS), conducting research on increasing diversity in graduate school and measurement of college student learning outcomes. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty in Rowan University’s Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program, teaching qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. Kri’s research focuses on the transition from high school to college for low-income and first-generation college students, and she is broadly committed to improving educational pipelines and outcomes for underrepresented students. She received her bachelor’s degree at Antioch College, an M.S.W. at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy at Michigan State University.