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Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORSI)

Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE)

Supporting students and the community

The Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) provides an important link to the community. We support and advance institutional effectiveness and contribute to the economic performance of the region. We accomplish this through a collaborative culture of engagement that is student-centered and community-focused.

ORSIE is comprised of three teams:

  • Applied research
  • Institutional research and planning
  • Program development and quality assurance

What is applied research?

Applied research supports local businesses and industry by helping them solve their technical problems and to become more competitive.  Research teams comprised of faculty experts and students are formed to work with eligible companies. Areas of assistance include the acquisition of funds for applied research projects from sources including but not limited to the:

  • Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Applied research also manages a number of projects funded by the Federal Development Agency of Southern Ontario (FedDev ARC). Intake for FedDev ARC is now closed.

What is institutional research?

Institutional research and planning is the field of practice that supports planning and decision-making at the institutional level and individual program level to ensure quality, accountability, and continuous improvement. At Durham College, the Institutional Research and Planning team supports:

  • enrolment planning
  • program reviews
  • investigation into new programs
  • survey design and analysis
  • external reporting
  • and much more

What is program development and quality initiatives?

The program development and quality initiatives team is responsible for the investigation and development of new post-secondary programs that respond to labour market demand and student interests. 

Responsibilities also include the development and maintenance of pathways and articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions, and leading the college-wide Program Quality Assurance Process Audit (PQAPA), which takes place every five years.

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ORSIE Strategic Research Plan
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