OPR Staff

Colin Chellman

Colin Chellman

Colin Chellman is Associate Dean for Institutional and Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he was most recently the founding Director of the Office of Policy Research. In that role he oversaw analyses of college readiness; racial, income, and gender access and performance gaps; the role of college in economic development and workforce training; the educational experiences and choices of immigrant students; and the inter-relationships of housing and education (e.g., what are the effects of residential mobility – in particular, prompted by foreclosure or restrained by public housing subsidies – on educational performance?) And with Gates Foundation support, he is working with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to build a shared student-level longitudinal tracking data system that both institutions will use to improve their understanding of college readiness and the high school to college pipeline.

His previous 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, and the Journal of the American Planning Association. In 2013, he joined the board of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP). He was the recipient of AEFP’s New Scholar Award in 2006 and holds an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University’s Wagner School, and a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Giljae Lee

Giljae Lee

Giljae Lee is Director of the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). His line of scholarship ranges from student performance measures, academic readiness of college-entering cohorts, accountability of postsecondary education institutions, and tuition policies to student financial aids based on his expertise of quantitative research methods. Giljae Lee served as Director of the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In that capacity, he provided decision support to policymakers by designing and conducting research on a variety of topics and served on the Strategic Enrollment Management Council and Business Intelligence Implementation Committee. He was the recipient of the Association for Institutional Research’s (AIR) Cameron L. Fincher Award for best dissertation in 2009 and his work has been published in journals such as NASPA Journal, Minnesota Educational Policy Working Group, and Asia Pacific Education Development Monograph. He earned his doctoral degree in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus and an M.A. in Educational Administration from the Seoul National University.

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Simon McDonnell

Simon McDonnell

Simon McDonnell is Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). He explores the characteristics that influence retention and graduation rates for baccalaureate and associate level students and the policies available to college administrators to improve outcomes. Most recently, his work has focused on the educational choices and outcomes of CUNY students living in public housing. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University where his research focus was on land use, environmental, and transportation policy. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics, an M.Sc. in Environmental Economics and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Planning and Environmental Policy from University College Dublin. Simon was also Irish coordinator of a trans-European research project investigating transport sustainability - TranSust.Scan. Before joining the Furman Center, Simon spent a year as a visiting assistant professor with the Urban Planning Program and the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) in the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Sarah Truelsch

Sarah Truelsch

Sarah Truelsch is Senior Policy Analyst for Higher Education Access at the City University of New York (CUNY). Sarah’s research portfolio includes demographic and policy trends impacting demand for higher education in New York City, drivers of college enrollment changes, transfer policy, remedial course requirements, and other factors affecting credit accumulation, retention, and graduation. Sarah was previously a Research Analyst at CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research, where she worked closely with the Division of Enrollment Management on a range of issues related to admissions, enrollment patterns, and academic progress. Before joining CUNY, she was a Research Associate at the American Institutes for Research and at New American Schools, both in Washington, D.C., and a consultant for the New York City Department of Education. She has an M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

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Jay Oppenheim

Jay Oppenheim

Jay (Koby) Oppenheim is a Graduate Research Analyst in the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, Koby was a research analyst on the Gates Momentum Project (GMP), interviewing study participants and analyzing recruitment data. His research currently focuses on assessing the impact of Hurricane Sandy on CUNY's students, calculating the economic impact of CUNY on the regional economy, and comparing CUNY's enrollment and performance to a set of comparable institutions using IPEDS and other national data sources. He received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. He is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Andrew Wallace

Andrew Wallace

Andrew Wallace is a Graduate Research Analyst in the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). His research focuses on identifying and using churn metrics (e.g., how often a student switches major, full- to part-time attendance status, or stops taking classes temporarily) to better understand college student outcomes. Previously, he was a statistics teaching assistant at Queens College and at the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition, he was a project director for the Social Justice Sexuality Project, where he coordinated a team of over 150 graduate and undergraduate students and community activists in the creation and implementation of a national survey of LGBT populations of color. He received a B.F.A. in Photography (with a second major in Russian and minors in Linguistics and Philosophy) from NYU and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of New Orleans. He is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

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Paul-John Ramos

Paul-John Ramos

Paul-John Ramos currently assists in day-to-day operations of OPR, including the coordination of its Higher Education Policy Seminar Series. He joined CUNY Central in October 2008. His career history includes service as a library acquisitions assistant at New York Medical College. He graduated with magna cum laude honors from the State University of New York system in 2000, when he received a B.S. degree in English from Oneonta State College. He is an established creative writer whose work has appeared in several print and electronic publications.