University Dean for Institutional Research and Assessment
David Crook is University Dean for Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) at the CUNY Central Office. In that capacity, he directs the three independent but collaborative units that operate under OIRA’s umbrella: the Office of Institutional Research, which collects and analyzes CUNY student data for decision support and reporting; CUNY’s Office of Assessment which administers the University’s student testing program; and the Office of Policy Research, which examines factors that impact student access, retention, and performance across all of the CUNY campuses.
Since coming to CUNY in 1989, Dr. Crook has been a leader in developing the data resources that have earned CUNY a national reputation for data-driven policy and rigorous research. He led the development of CUNY’s data warehouse, initiated the University’s data exchange with the New York City Department of Education, and he represented CUNY in formative discussions to design the state-wide data repository that will eventually enable researchers to track New York’s students from kindergarten to college completion and beyond.
Dean Crook and his team of OIRA analysts have conducted a wide array of research for internal audiences, for presentation to external audiences and for publication. Under Crook’s leadership, CUNY has forged close working relationships with external academic researchers and research organizations such as CCRC, MDRC, Metis, Rand and Abt. Along those lines, OIRA has sponsored a well-attended seminar series that has attracted many of the nation’s leading researchers on higher education.
Prior to his arrival at CUNY, Dr. Crook was an editor at Prentice Hall and a statistician for an economic consulting firm.
Dr. Crook received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.