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This message is sent to all staff on behalf of President Andy Bevan. A similar student-specific message has been sent to all students.

July 3, 2020

Information for Aurora College Team

President’s Update

Aurora College Team
During July and early August, I will not be sending these updates on a regular basis; they will be shared when important information comes up. The updates will resume once we begin gearing up again for the 2020-21 fall semester.

We are still missing a large number of student pictures for our Aurora College GRAD 2020 Facebook page; we would really like to include your students. Please encourage your grads and completing students to snap a picture their cap and tassel, or as they would like to be seen, and send it to  info@auroracollege.nt.ca with the subject line:  GRAD2020 – their name.  You can access the page here or search Aurora College Grad 2020 on Facebook. We are planning to run a congratulatory ad in the News North graduation special issue on July 13, and need to have our ad completed by the end of the day on June 8, so would like to have as many pictures as possible to choose from for that as well.

Year End
June 30 was Aurora College’s fiscal year end, and I would like to remind everyone to complete and submit any required finance and reporting documentation so that we are able to close off the year in a timely manner.

September 2020 Programming
The application deadline for fall programs has been extended to mid-August, and applications are being accepted online at www.auroracollege.nt.ca. Please encourage any potential students who have not yet applied to do so ASAP.

Our programming during the fall semester will be by distance learning, with specific programs delivered by a blended method of both distance and face-to-face learning later in the fall to ensure that critical skills and learning outcomes are completed. I know many of us are excited about the potential for some face-to-face instruction, and if all goes well, we may be able to offer some limited face-to-face learning for specific programs in November and December. This is all based on the approval by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, but we are all very hopeful. Our focus remains on providing quality programming for our students while our priority is keeping everyone in the Aurora College community safe and healthy. As the situation in the NWT or the rest of Canada changes, it could lead to a loosening or a tightening of public health restrictions, so we have to remain ready to adapt our deliveries and planning mid-stream.

The Orientation Committee is working on the details for students in September, and will be sharing more information as plans are finalized. The term will begin on September 8, and will incorporate a number of options for students to help them adjust to distance learning and the current learning environment.

We are planning to have student residences open in time for the start of classes this fall. For students who don’t have access to technology, we are working with the GNWT and other organizations to find ways to assist.

We are confident in our ability to deliver our programs by distance learning, however, we are offering a tuition refund for students who may not be satisfied with their distance learning experience. Students will be able to withdraw by October 9, 2020 with a full tuition refund and no academic penalty, or withdraw by November 6, 2020 with a 50 percent tuition refund and no academic penalty.

Staying close to home? Stay learning! Recruitment and Advertising Campaign – Fall 2020

We recently launched our NWT-wide recruitment campaign for the fall 2020 semester. As you can see from the title we are making sure potential students and NWT residents know they have options for quality programming while staying safe at home. The College team has put a lot of thought and work into how we can support students in September and I encourage you to take that message to your communities. Prospective students are everywhere and we need to make sure they know about Aurora College. Keep an eye out for the campaign in upcoming newspapers, social media, radio and local media outlets.

Have any questions about the Campaign? Please contact Jayne Murray. 

Transformation Working Groups
Thank you to everyone who has put their name forward for the four transformation Working Groups. The Working Groups are very important to the progress we are making towards Transformation. We have been talking for a long time about how the Transformation will only be a success if the College is engaged, involved and working together as a team.

It’s not too late if you are still considering putting your name forward. If you do decide you would like to participate on one of the Working Groups please let your supervisor know and submit an Expression of Interest.

Emerging Wisely/Transitioning back to the Workplace
We are now in Phase 2 of the Emerging Wisely plan. If you haven't seen the Emerging Wisely plan you can access it on the website at www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-health-orders/emerging-wisely.

What does this mean in terms of returning to work?  Nothing will change about how we are working immediately, but we will share the most current information as it becomes available. We continue to work with the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer to plan for a gradual return to the workplace for the Aurora College team. As the opening of Colleges is included in Phase 3 of the Emerging Wisely plan, most employees will remain working remotely from home. While most College staff will remain working remotely for the foreseeable future, we are looking at ways to allow staff limited access to their workspace for specific purposes, for short periods of time.

We will continue to work to refine our delivery plans for the fall and what that will mean for both students and the College team.  Any transitioning back to the workplace will be implemented in a gradual and measured way and the most important consideration in decision-making will be the health and safety of employees and the students we serve. We will continue to update you as decisions are made.

September 2020 Programming
The application deadline for fall programs has been extended to mid-August, and applications are being accepted online at www.auroracollege.nt.ca. Please encourage any potential students who have not yet applied to do so ASAP.

Our programming during the fall semester will be by distance learning, with specific programs delivered by a blended method of both distance and face-to-face learning later in the fall to ensure that critical skills and learning outcomes are completed. I know many of us are excited about the potential for some face-to-face instruction, and if all goes well, we may be able to offer some limited face-to-face learning for specific programs in November and December. This is all based on the approval by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, but we are all very hopeful. Our focus remains on providing quality programming for our students while our priority is keeping everyone in the Aurora College community safe and healthy. As the situation in the NWT or the rest of Canada changes, it could lead to a loosening or a tightening of public health restrictions, so we have to remain ready to adapt our deliveries and planning mid-stream.

The Orientation Committee is working on the details for students in September, and will be sharing more information as plans are finalized. The term will begin on September 8, and will incorporate a number of options for students to help them adjust to distance learning and the current learning environment.

We are planning to have student residences open in time for the start of classes this fall. For students who don’t have access to technology, we are working with the GNWT and other organizations to find ways to assist.

We are confident in our ability to deliver our programs by distance learning, however, we are offering a tuition refund for students who may not be satisfied with their distance learning experience. Students will be able to withdraw by October 9, 2020 with a full tuition refund and no academic penalty, or withdraw by November 6, 2020 with a 50 percent tuition refund and no academic penalty.

My Thanks
As many of you will be starting to take summer vacation please know you have my sincere thanks for your efforts during the last three months. I’ve said it before but I want to reiterate that I am immensely proud of the work we have done as an institution to continue delivering high quality programming to our students.

I hope you many of you are able to enjoy an NWT “staycation”, have a great break, relax and stay safe.  See you in the fall.

Andy Bevan.

 


 

 







 
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