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Colin Chellman

Colin Chellman has been named Dean for Institutional and Policy Research at the City University of New York. He was most recently Associate Dean for Institutional and Policy Research and founding Director of CUNY’s Office of Policy Research. As Dean, he oversees the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) and the Office of Policy Research (OPR) and assumes the administrative and strategic responsibilities of his predecessor, David Crook, currently Associate Provost in CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Dean Chellman’s analytic work focuses on post-graduate student outcomes, including employment and wages. He is point-person for CUNY’s relationship and data exchange with the New York State Department of Labor. He was most recently an invited speaker at the 2016 University of Texas – Austin/Vertex National Forum on Higher Education and the Workforce, presenting comparative work with the University of Florida and University of Texas systems.

OIR conducts a wide variety of analyses to guide policy and evaluate academic programs and administrative processes at CUNY. The office collects, manages, and organizes data to support the analytic and reporting needs of the system. OPR was established to pursue research questions in-depth, overseeing an agenda of research and policy analysis addressing developmental education reform, the role of college in economic development and workforce training, postsecondary access and performance gaps, and issues concerning the high school to college pipeline.

Before taking the role of Associate Dean, he was the founding Director of CUNY’s Office of Policy Research. As director, he established many of the lines of inquiry pursued by the office today, in addition to exploring the educational experiences and choices of immigrant students, the inter-relationships of housing and education, and the academic impact of non-academic events like Hurricane Sandy. He also led the development of input-adjusted performance metrics for CUNY colleges. And with Gates Foundation and federal Institute of Education Sciences support, he pursued a joint research agenda on college readiness with the New York City Department of Education and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools supported by a shared student-level longitudinal tracking data system.

His work has been published in Education Week as well as academic journals such as Economics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, TCRecord, Urban Affairs Review, Educational Policy, Education and Urban Society, Housing Policy Debate, and the Journal of the American Planning Association. From 2013-2016, he served on the board of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP).

Before joining CUNY, he was a Research Scientist at New York University’s (NYU) Institute for Education and Social Policy; an adjunct professor at NYU teaching courses in public policy, financial management, and public finance; and Research Manager for the Council on Economic Priorities. In 2006, he was the recipient of AEFP’s New Scholar Award. He holds an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Finance from New York University’s Wagner School, and a B.A. in International Relations/Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University.