The Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), situated within the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs, supports a variety of educational and workforce development programs by providing research and data management support essential to developing and improving programs and partnerships. The primary focus of REPS is to examine these programs and the impact they have on students’ academic skills and achievement, college readiness, workforce preparedness and other key program outcomes. The REPS team provides statistical 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.
REPS is situated within the Office of the Senior University Dean of Academic Affairs at CUNY’s Central Office. REPS oversees data collection and evaluation for centrally-administered CUNY programs and initiatives, such as CUNY Start and College Now, as well as those administered on individual CUNY college campuses. REPS works with CUNY faculty and staff on a variety of research and evaluation projects and works closely with CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA).
Research and evaluation topics are selected on the basis of relevance to the students, faculty, and staff of CUNY and to residents of New York City. To learn more about our areas of focus, visit a comprehensive list here.
The areas of focus for REPS are largely based on the programs and populations that we serve. Our work revolves around education and workforce issues that have a connection to higher education and to the City of New York. Our areas of focus range from college access to arts-based education and workforce development. For a full list of our areas of focus, click here.
REPS has a unique approach to research and evaluation. While REPS is housed within the City University of New York, we are not the University’s institutional research office. While REPS works closely with the University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), our primary affiliation is with the CUNY programs that we served. Programs and initiatives are our clients and our funders. In that respect, we are internal evaluators that work closely with programs to help understand program implementation and outcomes. However, the organizational and reporting structure of REPS is separate from the programs that we serve. Our philosophy is to carry out objective evaluation and research that can help improve programs and services. Therefore, we approach the research and evaluation with the rigor and independence of an external evaluator or independent researcher. REPS benefits from having a close working relationships with most of the CUNY programs that we support, but at the same time REPS is a distinct office within CUNY and works with external evaluators, such as MDRC, Metis, and the Community College Research Center (CCRC) to understand program implementation and effectiveness from an independent perspective.
We occasionally work with organizations and initiatives outside of CUNY if the goals of the project align with our research mission. REPS works with organizations by providing external formative and summative program evaluation, collaborative research support, and technical consulting services.
REPS has a core team of research analysts and data specialists who serve as leaders on all of our research and evaluation projects. Project teams are also supported by research and data assistants, as well as paid graduate interns. REPS is overseen at CUNY by the director of strategic planning and development within the Office of the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs. The director of REPS manages day-to-day operations and oversees the strategic research agenda of the office. The assistant director supports the director and leads internal training and professional development efforts. The leadership team of REPS, consisting of the director, assistant director, senior manager of database administration, and senior research analyst, leads grant-writing and development efforts of REPS. Staff members are listed here.