The Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs oversees a wide range of programs and initiatives at the University, including adult literacy, college transition, early childhood professional development, workforce development and continuing education, collaborative programs with the New York City public school system, as well as special programs such as the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), Accelerated Study in Associates Program (ASAP) and CUNY Start.  The role of research and evaluation in these various programs and initiatives is a critical one, as research provides the data and information essential to develop and monitor effective programs and partnerships.

The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS) within SUD investigates issues of college access, college success, career-readiness, and educational equity among students and other populations in New York City. REPS , founded in 2012, partners with the above-mentioned programs, as well as external organizations, and provides evaluation services and data management support  provides statistical support and analysis, including empirical research and program evaluation, to a variety of audiences, including program administrators, campus officials, and a national audience of educators, researchers, and policymakers.

As an evaluator, REPS provides programs with implementation and impact studies, allowing the initiatives within the Office of Academic Affairs to develop, improve, and ultimately reach key project goals. REPS explores areas such as academic skills and achievement, college-readiness, developmental education policy, and workforce-preparedness. REPS uses rigorous methods to examine program performance, employing qualitative and quantitative social science research methods.