Aurora College Foundational Review Report released

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YELLOWKNIFE (May 30, 2018) – Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, today released the Aurora College Foundational Review Report (“the Review Report”).

The Review Report was informed by broad engagement with NWT stakeholders and national best practices and outlines a number of concerns, including the need for improvements in the areas of governance, operations, academic program processes, accountability and student recruitment and retention. In response, the Review Report recommends the transformation of Aurora College into a Northern Canada Polytechnic University, rather than proposing individual issue-by-issue solutions.

Work is already under way to assess the 67 recommendations made in the Review Report. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) will develop a response for each recommendation as part of a new path forward for Aurora College that it expects to release in fall 2018.


“The Aurora College Foundational Review provides a unique opportunity for the GNWT to step back and evaluate where we are at today and where we need to be in the future with the assistance of Members of the Legislative Assembly and key stakeholders. By working together, it will be possible to establish a stronger, sustainable and more vibrant postsecondary institution that meets the needs of NWT residents and employers –  an institution that contributes to stronger communities – an institution that is built for the NWT by the NWT.”

- Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

“The Review is an opportunity to change postsecondary education in the Northwest Territories for generations to come.  The Standing Committee on Social Development is looking forward to its part in the work of building a world class, made-in-the-north postsecondary institution.”

- Shane Thompson, Chair, Standing Committee on Social Development

Quick Facts 

  • The Aurora College Foundational Review was initiated in March 2017
  • The independent contractor was MNP LLP 
  • The Review Report was delivered to the GNWT on May 4, 2018

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Pam Coulter

Senior Communications Advisor

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Ph: (867) 767-9352, x 71031