Associate Dean for Institutional and Policy Research
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.
Colin.Chellman@cuny.edu / 646-664-8147
Director of Policy Research
Sarah Truelsch is Director of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include demographic and policy trends impacting demand for higher education in New York City, transfer student policies, remedial course requirements, and other factors affecting credit accumulation, retention, and graduation. Sarah was previously a Senior Policy Analyst at CUNY. Before joining CUNY, she was a Research Associate at the American Institutes for Research and at New American Schools 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.
Sarah.Truelsch@cuny.edu / 646-664-8141
Senior Policy Analyst
Kerstin Gentsch is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York (CUNY). Her work focuses on college access, including demand for higher education, admissions standards, and enrollment. She is currently examining trends in Pell Grant receipt and the growing role of community college transfers at CUNY. Kerstin was previously a research assistant at the Urban Institute. Prior to joining CUNY, she conducted studies on college admissions as part of her graduate work. She is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Princeton University and holds a B.A. in Economics and Linguistics from Swarthmore College.
Kerstin.Gentsch@cuny.edu / 646-664-8110
Research Analyst, Part-time
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.
Jay.Oppenheim@cuny.edu / 646-664-8138
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.
Andrew.Wallace@cuny.edu / 646-664-8114
Assistant to University Dean
Paul-John Ramos currently assists in day-to-day operations of OIRA, 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.
Paul-John.Ramos@cuny.edu / 646-664-8123