Documents & Reports
The Northern College Strategic Plan 2020-2025 has been approved. This document will guide our organization for the next four years, allowing us to achieve our New Vision and Mission, which are:
Empowerment through learning to build a better world.
Building community across the North through partnerships and excellence in education.
Proud to be North. Proud to be Northern.
Strategic Directions of the College
- Indigenous Education and Empowerment
- Innovative Approaches to Access
- Invigorating Northern Experience
As an institution, Northern College is known for high quality programming and a caring environment. Our small size defines our relationship with our students. The Strategic Plan emphasizes a vision of successful learning.
The Academic Plan for 2023-2027 addresses how successful learning is incorporated with three key elements:
- educational philosophy; and
- faculty development.
Individual learning journeys will be supported through the implementation of this plan. Implementation of the academic plan is ongoing and will be evaluated yearly. The purpose of this plan is to provide a ‘road map’ for the integration of program delivery with Northern College’s Strategic Plan. Articulation of the plan, enhances program delivery while supporting faculty to ensure student success.
Northern College’s Business Plan for 2023-2024 has been approved by the Board of Governors on May 9th, 2023.
With the height of the COVID-19 pandemic behind us along with the associated restrictions and many of the challenges it presented, Northern College is moving forward with renewed focus on accessible education – meeting learners where they live to help them grow and succeed.
In our Business Plan for the 2023-2024 academic year, we outline how we will stay relevant so we stand out to prospective learners, and position ourselves to better serve the shifting needs of the modern educational and industrial landscape.”
Northern College’s Annual Report for 2022-2023 has been approved by the Board of Governors on June 13, 2023.
2022 proved to be a year of continuous growth and adaptation for Northern College.
With the lessons gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic still fresh in our collective minds, Northern College positioned itself as a student-first institution, while building on the ways in which this held true in the past.
Supporting the central focus of our institution, faculty and staff have actively listened to the needs of students, resulting in initiatives specifically designed to meet learners where they are.
These approaches touch on in-classroom and experiential training, distance learning, community partnerships, and sponsorships, and extend to housing, student placements, support, employment and a wide array of life-enriching activities both on campus and in our communities.
Within this annual report, you will find the stories of growth and success that have emerged over the past year as we’ve implemented our business plan along with student-first approaches in every operational and educational facet of our College.
- Academic Plan 2023 – 2027
- Academic Plan 2020 – 2023
- Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Plan 2015 – 2018 (PDF, 5.62 MB)
- Five Year Energy Conservation and Management PlanPlan 2014 – 2019 (PDF, 1.42 MB)
- Memorandum of Settlement – The College Employer Council and College Support Staff Part-Time
- Business Plan 2022 – 2023 (PDF, 2.6 MB)
- Business Plan 2020 – 2021 (7.0 MB)
- Business Plan 2019 – 2020 (PDF, 6.59 MB)
- Business Plan 2018 – 2019 (PDF, 218 KB)
- Business Plan 2017 – 2018 (PDF, 328 KB)
- Business Plan 2016 – 2017 (PDF, 328 KB)
- Business Plan 2015 – 2016 (PDF, 13.2 MB)
- Business Plan 2014 – 2015 (PDF, 1.11 MB)
- Business Plan 2013 – 2014 (PDF, 7.62 MB)
- Business Plan 2012 – 2013 (PDF, 124 KB)
- Business Plan 2011 – 2012 (PDF, 367 KB)
- Business Plan 2010 – 2011 (PDF, 876 KB)
- Business Plan 2009 – 2010 (PDF, 2.1 133 KB)
- Annual Report 2019 – 2020 (PDF, 6 MB)
- Annual Report 2018 – 2019 (PDF, 3.85 MB)
- Annual Report 2017 – 2018 (PDF, 491 KB)
- Annual Report 2016 – 2017 (PDF, 8.49 MB)
- Annual Report 2015 – 2016 (PDF, 9.03 MB)
- Annual Report 2014 – 2015 (PDF, 5.56 MB)
- Annual Report 2013 – 2014 (PDF, 8.13 MB)
- Annual Report 2012 – 2013 (PDF, 1.52 MB)
- Annual Report 2011 – 2012 (PDF, 24.8 MB)
- Annual Report 2010 – 2011 (PDF, 5.66 MB)
- Annual Report 2009 – 2010 (PDF, 1.08 MB)
- Annual Report 2008 – 2009 (PDF, 2.71 MB)
Please visit www.northerncollege.ca/accessibility for AODA Documentation: Access Services for Colleges and Customer Service Standards (ASC).
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development introduced the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) initiative to measure performance in Ontario’s colleges.
Since 1998, colleges have been mandated by the Ontario Government to collect and report performance data in five areas – Student Satisfaction, Graduate Satisfaction, Graduate Employment, Employer Satisfaction, Graduate Rate. Gathered by an independent research company, the KPI results show that Ontario’s Colleges achieve consistently high results when measured by students, graduates and employers. Based on themes of accountability and excellence, the KPI project is a collaborative venture between the colleges and the Ministry.
Key Performance Indicators measure:
- Graduate Satisfaction
- Graduate Employment
- Employer Satisfaction
- Graduate Rate
|Results||2020 – 2021 Key Performance Indicators|
|Student Satisfaction||not measured||not measured|
|Graduate Employment Rate||87%||77%|
|Results||2016 – 2017 Key Performance Indicators|
|Graduate Employment Rate||89%||80%|
Of these five indicators, three of them are currently linked to funding. Graduate Satisfaction, Graduate Employment and Employer Satisfaction data are used to distribute government transfer payments amongst colleges. The amount of the performance based funding has remained constant for the last four years at $16.4 million and is distributed to colleges on a formula that reflects the size of the college and its KPI score.
How the Process Works
Each year in early February, all students (excluding first-semester students and part-time students not enrolled in a post-secondary program) complete college-administered surveys as to their satisfaction with their college program and services. An external survey consultant then tabulates the data, while colleges calculate student graduation rates. Here is a copy of the student satisfaction survey.
Graduate Satisfaction and Graduate Employment
Graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction data are collected electronically as well as through the telephone surveys conducted by an external consultant six months after the students graduate. The results of this survey provide valuable information on graduate outcomes and the graduates’ satisfaction with their college education.
Eight weeks following the graduate survey, and based on the graduates’ authorization, their employers are contacted by the same external consultant and surveyed as to their satisfaction with the colleges’ preparation of graduates in order to meet employers’ needs.
The college, using ministry-established guidelines calculates the graduation rate. It is important to note that numbers for programs are not available if program graduates are not within the calculation time frame set out by the ministry.
OSAP Performance Indicators
OSAP Performance Indicators provide additional information to students who are considering Community College programs in Ontario. For consistency and reliability, a common methodology is used by all Community Colleges to compile the data and calculate the results.
General information and COISL Default Rates for all 24 Ontario colleges may be obtained at the Ministry’s Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Audited Financial Statements 2021 – 2022 (PDF, 2.45 MB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2020 – 2021 (PDF, 315 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2019 – 2020 (PDF, 2.45 MB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2018 – 2019 (PDF, 258 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2017 – 2018 (PDF, 120 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2016 – 2017 (PDF, 120 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2015 – 2016 (PDF, 107 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2014 – 2015 (PDF, 175 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2013 – 2014 (PDF, 117 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2012 – 2013 (PDF, 104 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2011 – 2012 (PDF, 95.5 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2010 – 2011 (PDF, 107 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2009 – 2010 (PDF, 184 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2008 – 2009 (PDF, 286 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2007 – 2008 (PDF, 243 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2006 – 2007 (PDF, 114 KB)
- Audited Financial Statements 2005 – 2006 (PDF, 335 KB)
- F-3 Territory Acknowledgement Policy
- F-3 Territory Acknowledgement Prodedure
- F-5 Voluntary Self Identification for Indigenous Students (PDF, 665 KB)
- Upholding Free Speech Policy
- Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy
- Conflict Resolution Policy and Procedures
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Individual Privacy
- Meritorious Recognition
- Travel and Hospitality Procedures (PDF, 408 KB)
- Travel and Hospitality Policy (PDF, 609 KB)