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


  • Committed to ethical, collaborative, and evidence based practices
  • Focused on academic and service excellence, and stakeholder success
  • Creative and innovative by actively seeking opportunities to learn and develop
  • Driven to continuously improve by leveraging technology and streamlining processes
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the institution
Read PaIR Values

What We Do

Planning and Institutional Research provides data and information support to three key areas – strategic and internal planning, government reporting, and external research, as follows:

Strategic and Internal Planning
  • 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 internal capacity to collect, analyze and use 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 (e.g. Employee Engagement Surveys)
  • Support new program development with labour market information and analysis
  • Support academic program and accreditation reviews with data and analysis
  • Support strategic enrolment management and planning with data and analysis
Board and Government Reporting
External Research
  • Provide leadership and oversight to the administrative/institutional consent process for research requests; this process applies to all proposed studies involving Niagara College students, staff, faculty and/or data
  • Actively contribute to community research and economic development planning by participating in local groups and organizations such as , the , and the