New student information system benefits Aurora College students

Yellowknife — March 5, 2020
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A significant step in strengthening the foundation of Aurora College was made last week when the College launched a new Student Information System. The new system will improve the quality of students’ educational experience and provide data to inform future decision-making as Aurora College transforms to a polytechnic university.

The new information system, a GNWT investment in Aurora College, collects and provides accurate and accessible data ensuring the College can meet the demands of a modern post-secondary institution both during and after its transformation to a polytechnic university.

Aurora College and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment have worked in close collaboration on the implementation of the new system. While the project had been in the planning stages for several years, its implementation fulfils an important commitment made by the GNWT in the Government Response to the Findings and Recommendations of the Aurora College Foundational Review.

The new system, PowerCampus, allows students to access timely information about their own academic journey, and to personally manage more of their interactions with Aurora College. PowerCampus collects a great deal of information and benefits students including providing them with the online ability to:

  • Apply for Aurora College programs
  • Select their classes
  • Check their marks
  • Pay their tuition
  • Pay their rent; and
  • View their schedule

The report generation function of the system will provide staff and faculty with information throughout the various stages of the student lifecycle, to inform timely decision-making which, in turn, will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the College and improve the student experience.                                                                                                

In addition to these benefits, PowerCampus will allow Aurora College to more effectively communicate with current and prospective students, as well as alumni and former students.

 

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“Good decisions are based on good data and the new student information system will provide us with the quality data about Aurora College programs and students we need to support student success and to inform our decisions about the future of the College as we continue our planning for the future. The launch of this system is the completion of a GNWT commitment and is a key milestone in Aurora College’s transformation into a polytechnic university.”

– R. J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

 

Quick Facts

  • Ellucian PowerCampus is a student information system that is used by post-secondary institutions across the globe.
  • The cost of purchasing and implementing PowerCampus was approximately $1.0 million.
  • Aurora College faculty and staff have been using elements of PowerCampus since July 2019, with ongoing training throughout the first year of the implementation.
  • Students gained access to the PowerCampus last week.

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Media Contacts

 

Pam Coulter

Manager, Strategic Communications

Aurora College Transformation

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

P. 867-767-9352 x 71010

E. pam_coulter@gov.nt.ca

 

 

Jayne Murray

Manager Communications

Aurora College

P. 867-872-7021

E. jmurray@auroracollege.nt.ca