Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan

Sustainable Communities – Global Prosperity

Carleton University will be 75 years old in 2017 when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. The Strategic Integrated Plan lays out the vision, goals and strategic actions for Carleton@75 over the next five years from 2013 to 2018.

Our vision for Carleton@75: Carleton University will be known nationally and internationally as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. Our students, faculty and staff will be critically engaged, productive citizens and highly qualified contributors to the 21st century.

At Carleton, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. Through education, research, service and innovation, and through the building of sustainable communities, we can foster new ideas and future leaders to create a more sustainably prosperous future for Canada and the world.

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Mission Statement

Carleton @ 75 builds on the current mission statement:

Carleton University is an independent, collegial university dedicated to the advancement of learning through disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, study and research, the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and the betterment of its community. It is centred in Ottawa and serves the people of Ontario, Canada, and the world.

In 1942 community leaders in Canada’s capital established Carleton University to educate the population for the new, post-war economy. Today, Carleton is a dynamic and innovative university with over 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 2,000 faculty and staff.

Carleton’s contemporary mission above reflects both its past and its present. Carleton @ 75 builds upon this mission statement, the 2008- 13 Strategic Plan, Defining Dreams, and Carleton’s Strategic Mandate Agreement to set the direction for Carleton University.

Strategic Integrated Plan


Carleton has benefitted significantly from partnership with external communities and organizations. Collaboration will continue to be a Carleton hallmark as we move ahead. True to our history, the Carleton University community believes that global prosperity can only be achieved through a foundation of sustainable communities.


This is an integrated plan that brings together our academic and research mission as its core, and reflects the strong leadership of staff in professional services in supporting the successful pursuit of these endeavours.


For us, resilience means overcoming obstacles and challenges to achieve new heights. As an institution, we have accomplished this at key points in our history. Carleton will continue to be resilient. Furthermore, this plan commits Carleton to work with others, locally and globally, to confront challenges and improve the state of our world.

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