Director's Welcome

Director’s Welcome

To our visitors,

I want to welcome you to the City University of New York’s Institute for Education Policy. The Institute is the city’s first university-based policy analysis and research institute explicitly focused on the challenges we face in our PK-20 education system.

The CUNY Institute, which is appropriately housed at Roosevelt House (the historic home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, recently restored by Hunter College), will be a major resource for researchers and policymakers seeking to meet these challenges and improve educational outcomes for America’s students.

Research continues to reveal tragically persistent learning gaps among demographic groups, declining overall performance by American students compared to their international peers, and a troubling distance between what our disadvantaged public school students are learning and the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need in order to succeed in college and/or in their careers. Rapid technological change is further complicating this challenge, creating both risks and opportunities.

Thus the mission of the CUNY Institute: to support the development and dissemination of ideas that will change education policy and practice in our students’ favor. We have already begun to fulfill that mission, hosting several scholarly discussions, including our recent launch event, on May 9, 2013, which brought a capacity crowd to Roosevelt House to hear the views about the challenges and opportunities for public education from renowned education thinkers and practitioners David Coleman, John King, Sharon Robinson, and Paul Vallas.

We recognize that the stakes are high and that talk of improving education often produces more heat than light. This is why we intend to provide a platform for policymakers and other stakeholders – including elected officials, scholars, practitioners, students, and the media – to find pragmatic and non-partisan ways forward.

I am deeply excited about the prospects for our Institute and especially grateful to CUNY Chancellor Matt Goldstein, to President Jennifer Raab of Hunter College, and to the CUNY Board of Trustees for all of their strong support.

Please explore our website, sign up for our mailing list, and subscribe to our Policy Briefs.  Join us in this vital conversation about the future of American education.


David M. Steiner



Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Recent Posts

Moynihan and the Modern American Family at 50

By Gerard Robinson | Senior Fellow, CUNY Institute for Education Policy “The gap between the Negro and most other groups in American society is widening. The fundamental problem, in which this is clearly the case, is that of family structure.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1964) “If the misery of the poor be caused not by… Read More

An Open Letter On School Accountability

Below you will find the outline of some thoughts on educational accountability. The topic has become one of the central issues in contemporary reform efforts in American education, with particularly heated debate over efforts to measure the effectiveness of teachers through test scores as well as classroom observations. But the issue is wider than this,… Read More

Institutional Commitment to Civic Education: Public Montessori Secondary Schools

By Katie Dulaney | Lakewood Montessori School Even as we hold schools increasingly accountable for student achievement, we rarely seem to judge schools for their performance in citizenship preparation, an inauspicious “accountability gap” for a democracy. -Michael Johanek and John Puckett, “The State of Civic Education” (2005) Education leaders across the political spectrum – from… Read More