Senate met remotely on June 3, 2022. Here are the highlights:

Class of 2022 Spring Graduates Approved

Senate approved the spring graduation of 3,300 undergraduate and 658 graduate students, for a total of 3,958 students. With the winter and fall lists, the class of 2022 will again be well over 6000 strong.

With the resumption of in-person Convocation, Senate looks forward to hosting Graduation Celebrations for this year’s 2022 class, June 20-24, following ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 from June 13-17.

Shaping the Digital Future

Senate received a presentation on Carleton’s draft inaugural digital strategy, Shaping the Digital Future. Guided by objectives outlined in the Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP), the updated framework comprises five guiding principles and associated goals to support the growth of Carleton’s digital culture. Based on this framework, a cross-cutting Digital Roadmap was also developed to assist and accelerate the three key directions of the SIP.

The strategy allows Carleton to assert its position as a recognized leader in organizational excellence, laying the foundation for a thriving digital culture that will enable a digital evolution. The path forward includes creating conditions that will allow this vision to flourish, a dedicated focus on process improvement, and people-centered leadership of change.

“Share Knowledge, Shape the Future”

Senate received an update on the Carleton Academic Plan consultation currently underway. Feedback received has emphasized the importance of specific metrics to ensure the university is attaining its research and teaching goals, the addition of broader, Faculty focused initiatives, and developing a plan that is both tangible, and achievable.

As the working group incorporates feedback into the draft, further consultation on how to improve student success, increase research activities and impact, and build on Carleton’s interdisciplinary and collaborative strengths continues. The next step is to present a draft Academic Plan to Senate in the early fall 2022 term.

Kinàmàgawin ‘Learning Together’ Progress Report

The Kinamagwin ‘Learning Together’ Progress Report , drafted by Carleton University’s Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee, was shared with Senate.

The report provided an overview of the Carleton community’s work towards developing strategies in support of the project’s 41 Calls to Action. Highlights of this effort include actions taken to improve housing and residence life, undergraduate recruitment and admissions; establishment of an Indigenous Research Ethics Board; redevelopment of campus spaces that incorporate an Indigenous-focused teaching and learning lens; improved funding opportunities for Indigenous graduate and prospective students, new Indigenous Studies programs, and more.

Read the full report and learn how momentum continues to be gained through the numerous initiatives undertaken by faculty, staff, and students across campus.

New GDIPs in Social Statistics and Data Analysis

Senate approved the Graduate Diplomas in Social Statistics and Data Analysis in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, as presented, effective Fall 2023.

The principal goal is to provide a single open environment to educate students in statistical modelling techniques, attracting individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds inside and outside of Carleton.

Senator Spotlight: Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the Associate Dean of Public Affairs (Students and Enrolment) and an Associate Professor. His research interests include core executive studies, the machinery of government, parliamentary procedure, and parliamentary caucus management. Learn more about Paul.

Next Meeting of Senate

Senate meetings will resume on Friday, September 23, 2022. The full meeting schedule, associated meeting materials, and minutes are available on the Senate website. Meeting minutes are posted once they are approved at the subsequent meeting.