AURORA COLLEGE -- New Aurora College Strategic Plan sets direction for 2020-2023

Aurora College News Release

FORT SMITH, NT – Aurora College is pleased to release its new 2020-2023 strategic plan today – a guiding document for the next three years of its transformation into a polytechnic university.

The document – Strengthening the Foundation and Planning for Change: Aurora College’s 3-year Strategic Plan – sets out a new vision, mission, values and strategic direction that will guide the College’s operations from 2020 to 2023 and help to strengthen the foundation and set the context for key transformational changes. The plan was developed with input from Aurora College students, employees, partners and stakeholders.

“Transformation of Aurora College is being done through ongoing and meaningful engagement and careful planning” says Andy Bevan, Aurora College President, “A successful transformation to the Polytechnic University is even more important as the NWT looks for economic growth and recovery opportunities.” 

The three-year strategic plan reflects the leading role of Aurora College in implementing the overall vision presented in the GNWT’s Post-secondary Education Strategic Framework 2019-2029 – a vision that every resident of the NWT has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential by obtaining a quality post-secondary education from institutions that are student-centred, accessible, high quality, relevant and accountable. 

This plan is the first of three strategic plans that will guide the institution as it transforms from a college to a polytechnic university.  Ongoing and public engagement remains a priority for the transformation of Aurora College into a polytechnic university and will take place throughout the process. 

The 3-Year Strategic Plan is one of the five actions that demonstrate progress toward the Government of the Northwest Territories’ mandate commitment to create a polytechnic university.  
Aurora College’s new strategic plan can be viewed 


Aurora College delivers academic upgrading, trades and industrial training, certificate, diploma and degree programs to more than 3,000 full and part-time students at three campuses, 21 Community Learning Centres and other community sites in the Northwest Territories. Community-centred post-secondary programs reflect Northern culture and the needs of the Northern labour market. Aurora College’s research division, Aurora Research Institute, conducts, supports, and licenses research in the NWT. Research centres are located in in Inuvik, Yellowknife and Fort Smith.  


For more information, please contact: 
Jayne Murray  
Manager, Communications & College Relations 
Aurora College  
Phone: 867-872-7021