My commitment to Ashford’s doctoral students is rooted in the commitment that students are experts in their fields and obtaining doctoral level research skills accelerates their ability to change their lives by creating opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.
Dr. Scott WM Burrus is the Lead Faculty for the doctoral research sequence and the research courses in the College of Doctoral Studies at Ashford University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara; a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Golden Gate University; and a PhD in Psychology from Northcentral University.
Dr. Burrus has worked in higher education for over 12 years as a research faculty and executive administrator. His experience includes program evaluation and research design, data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. His primary interests lie in the areas of online education focusing on how online doctoral students are successful. With over 150 peer reviewed conference and peer reviewed citations, Dr. Burrus has keen insight into the doctoral online learning process and has been recognized by the Online Learning Consortium and the Distance Learning Administrator Conferences, which awarded him for effective practice in online teaching and best paper at their respective conferences.
Dr. Burrus’s current research focus is the application of learning analytics to understand and solve challenges facing online higher education. "My commitment to Ashford’s doctoral students is rooted in the commitment that students are experts in their fields and obtaining doctoral level research skills accelerates their ability to change their lives by creating opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities,” he says.
Dr. Burrus began his career nearly 25 years ago in program evaluation, applied social policy research, program development and consultation, solving applied research programs across applied business, education, and social services, as well as various policy-relevant areas. He also managed the first national evaluation of the Family Treatment Court study, which resulted in improved treatment completion, reunification with children, and reduced foster care stay, thereby improving cost savings for taxpayers.