Dr. Nancy Oley

Professor Emerita of Psychology, Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

Dr. Nancy Oley received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Columbia University, did postdoctoral work in neurophysiology at Florida State University and in neuropsychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She studied the Theory of Constraints (TOC) at the Avraham Goldratt Institute and Washington State University. She is currently certified as a Jonah by TOCICO, and as a Facilitator by TOC for Education (TOCfE). Nancy has pioneered the incorporation of TOC processes and concepts within the content of her psychology courses, helped to develop TOC curricula for incoming college students, and created a short TOC course/workshop for remedial math students. She has collaborated with co-author Dr.Umesh Nagarkatte for over 10 years on numerous projects aimed at optimizing the college “system” to improve curriculum and instruction in mathematics and to reduce attrition. Dr. Oley has held positions of leadership in university governance as well as state and national scientific organizations.


Graduating More Students at Medgar Evans. This presentation will share the journey from 1999 through today of Medgar Evers College and its use of Theory of Constraints (TOC) to reduce student attrition. Workshop participants will learn how this New York urban college has used TOC thinking tools to change how math is taught, students are counseled, grants are written, and staff meetings are conducted. The result is an increase in enrollment and increased retention for STEM programs.