mittee composed of two representatives from
Carleton, two from the donor and a chair by the
mutual agreement of the members of the committee. The committee’s role is to administer the
gift, not the program. For example, it fulfills an
advisory role only and, similar to other committees on campus, it provides input on trends and
issues that potentially can inform and help in
the delivery of the program.
Academic freedom remains a core value at
Carleton University. This donor agreement in no
way infringes on that freedom. The decision-making authority of Senate over academic matters
is respected by this agreement. The agreement’s
purpose is to delineate that authority.
This fall, the first graduating class of 24 stu-
dents will complete their studies. They have held
internships in a cross-section of non-government
organizations and political offices. When the
integrity and spirit of Carleton’s program are
tainted by misinformation, it is these graduates,
and those who follow, who must contend with
undeserved criticisms of the program.
Roseann O’Reilly Runte
Dr. Runte is president and vice-chancellor of Carleton University.
Popularity vs relevance
i think in an age of engineered popular culture
and massified education, the very notion of
“cool” has itself been gutted (“You’re not cool –
please don’t try to be,” October 2012 issue). What
used to mean exclusive and avant-garde seems
to reflect what the crowd is doing – and often
this is a mindless, unreflective practice. Dead-
mau5 operates in an industry of nanosecond fads
and instantaneous popularity, whereas higher
education makes reference to things in the past,
as a means of interpreting our present context.
Mork & Mindy may not be relevant, but Star Wars
remains a relevant phenomenon.
Mr. Coutts is a PhD candidate in educational administration
at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University
Chair/Président du conseil
Vice-chair and chair-elect/
Vice-président et président élu
Ex-officio directors /
President and CEO/
Regional directors /
Directors at large/
Administrateurs hors cadre
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