Media Statement – First Aurora College Transformation quarterly report released

YELLOWKNIFE (FEBRUARY 11, 2021) - Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, R. J. Simpson, issued the following statement on the release of the first Aurora College Transformation Quarterly Report:

“When the GNWT committed to transforming Aurora College into a polytechnic university we did so with the promise that the process would be transparent.

“In October we launched the Aurora College Transformation (ACT) web pages to meet that promise of transparency and accountability. Visitors to the site can track the progress of the transformation. Today, I am pleased to announce another way to keep up to date on the progress of the transformation with the release of the first Quarterly Report. This Report adds another level of transparency and accountability for partners, key stakeholders and the public. 

“The transformation process is a multi-year initiative that includes meeting 81 commitments and more than a hundred milestones over the course of six years.  The Quarterly Report tracks the progress of these commitments and milestones in the five focus areas of the transformation: Academic Program Management, Accountability, Governance, Operations, and Recruitment and Retention of Students.

“The report illustrates the number of key milestones that were completed in 2020 and the current number of milestones that are planned for the duration of the transformation.

“The Quarterly Report will continue to report on the progress of milestones throughout the transformation, and highlight areas of success, it will also include, when applicable, planned engagement opportunities including who can, and how to, participate. Between publications, those interested you can track our progress on the Aurora College Transformation web pages where milestones are updated monthly.

“Our commitment to transform Aurora College into a sustainable, effective and efficient polytechnic university will provide more post-secondary education opportunities including increased access to learning in every community, laddered programming from literacy to upgrading to certificate to degree, and new programs in the coming years that are aligned with the polytechnic university’s areas of specialization.  All of these changes are to ensure that Northerners are first in line for in-demand jobs and that we can leverage our strong connections to land, tradition, community and people.

“In addition, the successful transformation to a polytechnic university will result in significant and wide-ranging economic recovery for the NWT including preparing Northerners for employment; supporting business by supporting changing labour demands; expansion of infrastructure; development of co-investment partnerships; focusing on finding innovative solutions to Northern issues and capitalizing on Northern opportunities.  

“It is my hope that this Report delivers on our promise to be transparent and accountable and that it will deepen your understanding of what the polytechnic university can mean to residents, to communities and to the territory.