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General Contact Information

Phone: 646-660-6500

Fax: 646-660-6501

Mailing Address:

Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Baruch College/CUNY

One Bernard Baruch Way
Box D-701

New York, NY 10010-5585

Walk-In Address:

Administrative Center

135 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor

Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Rachél Fester, Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Institutional Effectiveness

Office Number: 646-660-6519


Dr. Rachél Fester joined Baruch College as Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Institutional Effectiveness in August 2017.  

Dr. Fester holds an AB from Harvard University, an AM from the University of Chicago, an MSEd from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of Baruch College, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she was a U.S. Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-Based Research in Education.

Dr. Fester has nearly twenty years of experience in higher education administration.  She​ has held progressively responsible roles in areas of institutional research, assessment, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, accreditation, data management, and data analytics, and has extensive applied experience in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research.

Dr. Fester has served for several years as an adjunct assistant professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of Baruch College, where she has taught Access and Equity in Higher Education, The History of Higher Education, Student Development Theory and Practice, and Management and Leadership in Higher Education. 

Dr. Fester’s research focuses primarily on access to and success in college for underserved, low-income and/or first generation students, and has also included work on pre-college outreach programs, civic engagement, healthcare education and the healthcare workforce.  She has been published in Educational Policy, Enrollment Management Journal, the Journal of Black Studies, and the Journal of Student Financial Aid.  Her research has been presented at several conferences, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the Student Financial Aid Research Network, and the Association of American Medical Colleges Workforce Research. Dr. Fester has also been invited to give talks at the National Board of Medical Examiners as well as the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

Dr. Fester works across all academic and administrative departments at Baruch, collaborating with faculty, administration, and staff on a broad range of assessment, planning, research and accreditation initiatives. Her scope of work entails facilitating alignment, collaboration, assessment and planning across system, institutional, division, and departmental efforts, in support of student success, as framed by both the CUNY and the Baruch College mission and goals. She also serves as Baruch's Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.