Teachers College, Columbia University

Colin Chellman, Dean for Institutional and Policy Research

Colin Chellman is the dean for institutional and policy research at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he oversees both the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) and the Office of Policy Research (OPR). 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 survey and administrative data to support the analytic and reporting needs of the system. OPR was established to pursue research questions in-depth and oversees an agenda of research and policy analysis addressing postsecondary access and performance gaps, the role of college in economic development and workforce training, and issues concerning the high school to college pipeline.

Currently, Chellman's analytic work focuses on post-graduate student outcomes and—with the support of a recent grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and the Heckscher Foundation—transfer student success and the transfer process at CUNY.

Before taking the role of dean, Chellman was the associate dean and 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 and explored the educational experiences and choices of immigrant students, the relationship between housing and education, and the academic impact of non-academic events like Hurricane Sandy. Chellman also led the development of input-adjusted performance metrics for CUNY colleges. And, with Gates Foundation and federal IES 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.

Chellman's work has been published in Education Week, as well as in 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, Chellman served on the board of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP).

Before joining CUNY, Chellman 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 a research manager for the Council on Economic Priorities. In 2006, Chellman received AEFP’s New Scholar Award. He holds an MPA and a PhD in public policy and finance from NYU’s Wagner School and a BA in international relations/political science from Johns Hopkins University.