As a highly regarded post secondary institution, George Brown College prides itself on being a steward of public trust. The Office of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) supports transparency College-wide by providing accurate, useful, and relevant information to all stakeholders. Using GBC’s Strategy 2020 as a guide, this document describes the ways in which IRP supports and contributes to growth at the College.
The mission of IRP is to enhance institutional effectiveness by providing accurate analysis and insightful institutionally-based research of high relevance to the GBC community. Our analysis and recommendations are used to facilitate strategic planning, accountability, institutional assessment, quality assurance, and to inform policy formation. IRP facilitates knowledge transfer by operating as the central organizational unit for disseminating data and studies about GBC to staff and the public.
Through the provision of sound evidence and expert analysis and advice, the Office of Institutional Research will be integral to meeting Strategy 2020 objectives.
• Client service: Professional and timely service delivery for internal and external stakeholders.
• Quality and efficiency: The Office delivers quality products and services and maintains operational efficiency.
• Ethical standards and professionalism: The Office takes pride in an ethical and impartial approach to research.
• Diversity and innovation: We support a diversity of peoples, ideas, and innovative practices.
• Data integrity: Accurate and timely data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
The Office of Institutional Research directs ongoing operational activities as well as initiating and directing research projects. The Office:
• Provides leadership, consultation and advice on high impact* research projects initiated by the Office, college and departments
• Participates in multi-institutional research projects that align with GBC’s strategy
• Assesses and evaluates College initiatives focusing on teaching and learning
• Supports strategic planning
• Act as the primary source for College facts and figures required for internal and external reporting
• Acts as the central coordinating unit for reporting accountability measures and metrics: Multi-Year Accountability Agreement, OSAP indicators, Employment outcomes, KPIs
• Coordinates the administration and reporting of college-wide surveys: Student Satisfaction KPI, student feedback survey
*‘High impact’ is defined by IR as projects that are highly aligned with the 2020 Strategy, have the potential to significantly impact student success, and inform strategic decisions or change in practice to benefit students or the college.