The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s leading urban public university, serving more than 540,000 students in degree, certificate, and continuing education programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City. The Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs (SUD) oversees a wide range of programs and initiatives across the University and in New York City, including developmental education, college transition, STEM opportunities, adult literacy, service learning, workforce development, and continuing education programs. SUD oversees a number of collaborative programs between the university and the New York City public schools, such as CUNY’s Early College Initiative and College Now. Additionally, the unit manages the CUNY Language Immersion Program, CUNY Start, and the Accelerated Study in Associates Program (ASAP).
The Office of Research, Evaluation, & Program Support (REPS) was established in 2012 to partner with SUD programs and external organizations to provide evaluation services and data management support. Evaluation and research projects at REPS explore areas such as academic skills and achievement; college access, readiness, and success; career readiness; developmental education practice and policy; and educational equity among students and populations in New York City.
The REPS data team supports programs by providing the reporting tools and data management essential to assessing program operations and effectiveness. Using rigorous qualitative and quantitative social science research methods to assess program performance, REPS research analysts partner with programs to provide the process and outcome evaluation findings needed to develop, improve, and ultimately reach key program goals. Staff regularly shares research and evaluation findings with a range of stakeholders including program administrators, campus officials, external program partners, and a national audience of educators, researchers, and policymakers.