Carleton @ 75

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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 reflects both its past and its present:

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.

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.

Collaboration. Leadership. Resilience.


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.


Equally important, Carleton will continue to be resilient. 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. We will doubtless have to do so again but we are ready for the challenge. Furthermore, this plan commits Carleton to work with others, locally and globally, to confront challenges and improve the state of our world.