Marrlee Burgess, MEd


Marrlee works with large and small institutions on a range of projects including reviews of student affairs divisions and units, assessment and accreditation preparation, strategic planning and implementation, and more recently, COVID-19 re-opening planning and strategy.

Marrlee brings to K&A a collaborative, mission-driven, and learning-oriented approach along with over 25 years of experience at large and small institutions. Most recently serving as Associate Dean of the College at Colgate University, she led a variety of initiatives such as implementing best practices in academic policy, advising and student services, developing assessment protocols and processes to inform retention and institutional improvement, and partnered with the Dean of the Faculty to develop curricular and co-curricular initiatives for first generation college students. On the national level, Marrlee worked as a founding institution team leader in developing the aspirational model for the first year in college, known as the Foundations of Excellence, and presented on assessment strategy and practice at ACPA and NASPA conferences. Given her expertise in assessment, retention and the student experience, she also served for several years as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Marrlee has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from The College of Wooster, a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, and is a certified facilitator in continuous quality improvement. She is a trained dancer and early music musician with extensive performing and recording experience. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and cares deeply about the ethical treatment and care of animals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accreditation
  • Assessment
  • Student Affairs

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