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First Nations University in Regina unveils strategic plan to grow enrolment

12/02/2013 11:04 EST | Updated 02/01/2014 05:59 EST
REGINA - First Nations University of Canada has released a long-term plan that will set the future of the school.

Acting president Juliano Tupone, who is also serving as vice-president of finance, said Monday that the university is in a period of stability and growth.

That's much different than two years ago, when a controversy over management caused both the Saskatchewan and federal government to temporarily pull its funding to the institution.

Tupone says one goal is to regain control over the university's finances, which are currently being managed by an outside administrator.

He said the school has done a lot of work to create consistent policies for staffing and managing resources.

Tupone also said a plan to recruit more students by offering more community-based programs on or near rural and northern reserves should help boost enrolment and help out the bottom line.

“We’re running some arts and sciences first year courses out on Onion Lake Cree Nation near Lloydminster," Tupone said.

"We’re finishing up a bachelor of indigenous education in Black Lake in the far north and we recently in September started a program out in Piapot First Nation.”

In the past year enrolment increased by 15 per cent, and Tupone believes it’s possible to grow by that many students again next year.

The institution is also concentrating efforts on outreach for students as young as 12 to encourage them to think about post-secondary education.

(CJME)