Professor Grace Pai Publishes Research on Guttman’s Study Abroad Model

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April 6, 2020 | Academics, Faculty, Global Guttman, Publication, Research

Grace Pai

Dr. Grace Pai

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Dr. Grace Pai and former Guttman colleague Katie Wilson co-authored an article titled, “Developing a Culturally Responsive Assessment Model for Short-Term Study Abroad at an Urban Community College,” published in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Using the model present at Guttman, the article addresses a research gap assessing education abroad programs in community colleges serving underrepresented students and illustrates the process of how an urban, Minority Serving Institution-designated community college designed a culturally responsive assessment framework aligned to their institutional learning outcomes and specific student body needs.

Grace Pai is an Assistant Professor at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in the City University of New York (CUNY). In addition to being a former Peace Corps Volunteer and high school math teacher in New York City, she worked as Senior Research Associate at the New York City Department of Education, and also has experience doing international development work in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (Bangladesh, South Africa and Sierra Leone). She holds a Ph.D. in International Education with a concentration in applied statistics from New York University, an M.Ed. in Secondary School Mathematics from Brooklyn College, an Ed. M. in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Management and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Her research interests include global education, international development, math education, and college access and success. At Guttman, she teaches math and statistics.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is CUNY’s first new community college since 1971. Planning began in 2008; Scott Evenbeck, the founding president, was appointed in January 2011, and the College opened its doors to an inaugural class of 289 students on August 20, 2012.  Guttman offers associate degree programs in an innovative model emphasizing experiential education, learning communities and instructional teams, and a commitment to providing rigorous academic challenge, attentive support, and inclusive excellence.  Guttman is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a current enrollment of 1,030 students (as of Fall 2019).  Guttman was ranked as the best community college in America for 2020 by Niche.com.