Provincial Government Announces Terms of Reference, Committee of Experts for Independent Public Post-Secondary Education Review

March 7, 2019

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced the Committee of Experts and released the Terms of Reference for the independent review of the public post-secondary education system.

Appointed to the Committee of Experts through a merit-based recruitment process by the Independent Appointments Commission are:

  • Karen Kennedy, Chair
  • Kevin Keough
  • Doreen Neville

The Committee of Experts will be guided by the Terms of Reference. The committee will also consider the industry development plans created through The Way Forward in developing a strategic vision of post-secondary education for the next decade.

The Terms of Reference and biographical information for members of the Committee of Experts, are provided in the backgrounder below.

The Public Post-Secondary Education Review builds on the comprehensive review of the K-12 education system and the Education Action Plan.

The results of the review will provide a long-term vision for the next decade and beyond for a public post-secondary education system that is effective, sustainable, accountable, accessible, delivers high quality education, contributes to knowledge creation and transfer, and prepares post-secondary students for their future personal and professional lives.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and provide better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“The review will help ensure our institutions are positioned to meet the needs of students well into the future, address emerging labour market demands, and continue to contribute to the province’s economic growth. We want to ensure our public post-secondary system meets the educational and vocational needs of our students.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

“I wish to extend a sincere thank you to the review team members, for their interest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s post-secondary education system and in advance for their time and dedication to this review.”
Dr. Gary Kachanoski
President, Memorial University

“College of the North Atlantic is looking forward to working with the Committee of Experts during the review of the post-secondary education system. The college values its role in providing highly-qualified, technically-trained graduates to support Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing economy, and is looking forward to working collaboratively to support the further development of the province’s skilled workforce into the future.”
Bruce Hollett
President, College of the North Atlantic

“It is a privilege to be appointed as chair. The work of this committee will help to ensure that our public post-secondary educational institutions are well positioned to meet the needs of students and this province in the future.”
Karen Kennedy
Chair, Committee of Experts

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