Aurora College review will be made public next week

Aurora College's Thebacha campus is seen in a photo taken by Taylor Architecture Group
Aurora College's Thebacha campus is seen in a photo taken by Taylor Architecture Group.

An independent review examining all aspects of the territory’s Aurora College will be made public next week, the minister responsible said.

Caroline Cochrane, the new education minister replacing Alfred Moses, pledged on Friday to table the document in the legislature during next week’s session, which runs from Monday to Friday.

The college has been without a board of governors for almost a year, pending the completion of a comprehensive review assessing the college’s governance, operations and programming, accountability, and student recruitment and retention.

Since June 2017, the college has instead been overseen by a temporary administrator in the form of Denny Rodgers, better known as general manager of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation.



Proposed cuts to the college’s teaching and social work programs have been deferred while the review is completed, though those programs are not accepting new applicants. The college’s president, Jane Arychuk, resigned at the start of this week.

The territorial government has now received a report from the consultants tasked with conducting the review.

“This is one piece of the puzzle,” Cochrane said of the review on Friday, responding to questions from Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green.

“The big thing is our post-secondary education. This is not something that should become political. This is our future, this is critical.

“We need to work as a whole of government on this one. Let’s work together to make sure that these are the best post-secondary options for our youth.”

Correction – May 25, 12:06. Owing to our inability to read calendars, we originally said session runs Monday-Thursday next week. It actually ends on Friday.