About Us

Organization and Staff

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (PaIR) reports to the President’s Office. PaIR abides by the of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA).


Facilitating effective, evidence-based planning and decision making


Providing robust institutional intelligence for the evolving needs of Niagara College stakeholders

What We Do

Strategic and Operational Planning Support
  • Support strategic and operational planning and decision making with data and analyses
  • Develop and publish institutional statistics, such as enrolment and retention trends
  • Help build capacity in divisions, schools and programs to collect, analyze and use their data to strengthen internal planning and decision making
  • Facilitate needs assessments and the design of reports and action plans
  • Conduct and/or support institution-wide survey research
  • Support new program development with labour market information (LMI)
  • Support academic program and accreditation reviews with data and analysis
  • Support strategic enrolment management (SEM) with data and analysis
  • Generate data and analyses for College Performance Indicators (CPIs) reported to the Board of Governors in the Annual Business Plan
Government Reporting Oversight
External Research
  • Provide leadership and oversight to the administrative/institutional consent process for external research requests; this process applies to all proposed studies involving Niagara College students, staff, faculty or data and precedes the ethics approval process through the Research Ethics Board
  • Actively contribute to community research and economic development planning by participating in local groups and organizations such as , the , and the .