The Post-Secondary Education Strategic Framework was released today by Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. The Framework includes a vision and a set of goals for the post-secondary education system in the NWT.

The development of a post-secondary education vision was a recommendation of the Aurora College Foundational Review. The vision and goals will help to guide the GNWT and post-secondary institutions as they work together to better meet the needs of northern residents and employers according to Cochrane.

“Every resident of the NWT has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential by obtaining a post-secondary education from institutions that are student-centred, accessible, high quality, relevant and accountable.”

In a GNWT release they say that the following goals support this vision:

  • Prioritize student success,
  • Increase access to post-secondary education opportunities,
  • Remain responsive to labour demands in the NWT,
  • Remain responsive to local and regional needs, and
  • Support growth of the knowledge economy.

In July, Cochrane noted that the final framework will be used as a guide in creating a polytechnic university for the NWT that builds capacity at the three existing campuses.

Cochrane stated today that all northerners should have equitable access to high-quality post-secondary education and that the cultures, views and experiences of NWT residents must be reflected in the educational opportunities that are made available.

“Success in our post-secondary education system means adapting the system to meet the needs of our residents, not the other way around.”

Cochrane added that the development of the Framework was informed by more than 740 voices from all regions of the NWT through the post-secondary education vision survey that sought input around what post-secondary education should look like in the NWT.

“All NWT residents were invited to participate in the survey from March 4th to April 23rd. Over 6,000 thoughts, ideas and comments were shared and 25% of survey respondents were under 30 years old.”

Strategic planning with Aurora College will begin in September. The complete NWT Post-Secondary Education Framework can be viewed here.