Burck Smith
CEO and Founder

Higher Ed

  • Accreditation
  • Business of education
  • College graduation rates
  • Costs
  • Federal policy
  • For-profit colleges
  • New colleges
  • Online learning
  • State policy

Burck Smith is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine. Ten years before launching StraighterLine in 2009, he co-founded SMARTHINKING, the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges. Burck has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute. He is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Higher Education Working Group. Prior to starting SMARTHINKING, Burck was an independent consultant and journalist whose clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, the National School Boards Association and more. In the early 1990s, he wrote articles on a variety of subjects, including creating community telecommunication networks, electronic access to political information, telecommunications deregulation and the ability of utilities to serve as telecommunications service providers. Burck holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s from Williams College.