Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Jerry Tomberlin and Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning) Lorraine Dyke are pleased to announce the appointment of Nathasha Macdonald as Carleton University’s Assistant Vice-President (Institutional Research and Planning), effective May 3.

Nathasha Macdonald

Nathasha Macdonald

This important role promotes and supports institutional planning, evidence-based decision-making and accountability by providing quantitative information and analysis to both internal and external stakeholders.

“I am grateful for this opportunity and for my amazing colleagues,” said Macdonald. “Together, we will continue to build on the strong history of institutional research and planning at Carleton.”

Macdonald has worked as the Director, Strategic Analysis, Planning and Accountability in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) since 2017. In this role, she leads a team of analysts and works closely with Carleton’s senior leadership team and administrative and academic units to collect, analyze and communicate data. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has played a key role in providing relevant data for new indicators to monitor unprecedented enrolment patterns and their subsequent implications. She has also worked closely with Carleton’s Enrolment Linked Budget Allocation (ELBA) model, an integral component of the university’s budgeting process.

Macdonald joined Carleton in 2005 as a Senior Analyst and moved into the role of Manager, Institutional Analysis in 2013 where she led a variety of analysis projects, including annual reports for the provincial government as part of the Strategic Mandate Agreement process.

She holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa. She also serves as a member of the Council of Ontario University Planners and Analysts (CUPA) and the Enrolment Statistics, Projections and Analysis Committee (CESPA) at the Council of Ontario Universities.

Macdonald begins this role May 3, replacing Bruce Winer, who retires on May 1 after a fantastic 42-year career at Carleton. Winer is a Carleton graduate (BA and MA Economics) and first joined Carleton in the Statistical Software Section of Computing Services in 1979. Spanning a variety of academic and administrative roles, he served as Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and as the Director of the Office of Planning Analysis and Statistics.

“On behalf of Carleton University, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Bruce for the many contributions he has made to enhancing Carleton’s culture of relying on data to support evidence-based decision-making over the course of his career, and especially in recent years as he took on a leadership role in OIRP,” said Tomberlin. “Please join us in wishing Bruce well as he moves into his retirement and welcoming Nathasha into this role.”

Carleton is taking this opportunity to reorganize some of the responsibilities in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) will remain an integral part of the Provost’s portfolio. Effective May 1, OIRP will be positioned within the Office of the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning) and will report directly to Lorraine Dyke, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning).

“I look forward to working with Nathasha and the OIRP team to further strengthen the role that institutional research plays in our operations and planning,” said Dyke.

Since the Office of the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning) was established in 2019, the office has collaborated with OIRP on a number of initiatives, including the Strategic Mandate Agreement process, data to support the Strategic Integrated Planning process, and modifications to the teaching evaluation process.