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Provost’s Welcome

Welcome to Carleton University and the web page for the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

Carleton holds a very special place among Canada’s universities, having been established during the Second World War by the Ottawa community to provide higher education for veterans and others making the transition from armed forces and the war economy.

Unlike many universities that owe their origins to a church or a government, Carleton owes its origin to the Ottawa community. Perhaps that is why Carleton has been such an important part of the social and economic fabric of the Ottawa-Carleton region, and why the National Capital location has had such an important influence on the program mix at Carleton.

Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan
The rich history and development of our University are reflected in the title of Carleton’s new Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP), “Sustainable Communities – Global Prosperity” – rooted in the community but with a global perspective and reach. The four SIP themes of Programs for Today and Tomorrow, Research Excellence and Connectedness, Productive and Engaged Students, and Organizational Excellence are directly aimed at our overall goal that Carleton University will be known nationally and internationally as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance.

From Critical and Creative Inquiry to the Discovery Centre
The Critical and Creative Inquiry initiative that was developed under the 2010-13 Academic Plan places an enriched student learning environment front and centre of our mission to integrate teaching and research, and educate high quality personnel for success in the knowledge-based economy and society. This has been manifested in the creation of the Discovery Centre in the newly renovated MacOdrum Library.

Attracting Students Nationally and Internationally
The word is getting out, and Carleton is attracting an increasing number of students not only from the National Capital Region, but also from the Greater Toronto Area, other parts of Ontario, and other Provinces and Territories of Canada. The Aboriginal Coordinated Strategy Carleton is also engaging with Aboriginal communities who are seeking greater post-secondary education and research as they build their capacity to prosper and succeed. Internationally, Carleton is one of the top universities for attracting students from around the world, and there are many opportunities for Carleton students to study abroad and incorporate an international experience into their university education.

An Outstanding University
Whether you are from Ottawa, other parts of Ontario, or beyond, I urge you to consider Carleton University as a place to study and a place to work. Our professors, staff, and students combined with our outstanding programs, student-centred values, and our dynamic location in Canada’s National Capital are what make Carleton a truly outstanding university. Explore our website – then explore Carleton for yourself.

Peter Ricketts, BA (Hons), PhD
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)