Dustin Weeden joined SHEEO in October 2017 as a senior policy analyst. His primary focus is on SHEEO’s analysis of the capacity of state postsecondary data systems and their effective use. His research interests include state higher education policy related to finance, governance, affordability, student borrowing, and the commercialization of research. Prior to joining SHEEO, Dustin served as a senior policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures. In this role, he coordinated the Legislative Education Staff Network, tracked and analyzed state higher education legislation, and authored policy briefs, research reports, blog posts, and State Legislatures Magazine articles on a wide range of topics including outcomes-based funding, affordability, tuition policy, financial aid, and student borrowing. Dustin is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the University of Iowa. He also holds a M.P.P from the University of Denver and a B.A. in history and political science from Kansas State University.