Back to School: What’s New at Carleton This Year

The construction progress on Carleton’s new Health Sciences Building, a crane-topped concrete structure rising above the Steacie Building, may be the biggest change students notice when they return to campus for another academic year. But they will also be greeted by an array of new programs, services and faculty as the university’s evolution continues in more subtle ways.

The top level of the seven-floor building has been poured and work is on schedule for completion in July 2017, with the first classes expected to be held inside next fall.

Other infrastructure changes over the summer include improvements to the Bronson Avenue-University Drive intersection, which has been re-engineered for better traffic flow onto and off campus, and renovations to the Glengarry House residence, Loeb Building and MacOdrum Library.

Beyond new construction, one of the changes that will impact students most significantly is the newly formed Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS), a centralized collection of services designed to improve learning inside and outside the classroom.

Bringing together Carleton’s Learning Support Services, Writing Tutorial Service, the Bounce Back program that helps first-year students by assigning them to an upper-year mentor, Peer Assisted Study Sessions and Peer Assisted Subject Coaching initiatives, the CSAS will be better able to provide an integrated approach to academic skill development.

Any Carleton student who wants to improve their academic and writing abilities, develop effective study habits or receive help from a peer so they can better understand course material is encouraged to visit the centre’s new collaborative learning space on the fourth floor of the library.

“As Carleton continues its efforts to enhance student success, I am pleased to highlight the new Centre for Student Academic Support,” says Suzanne Blanchard, vice-president (Students and Enrolment) and University Registrar. “CSAS will provide students with updated tools, workshops and support to improve their academic success.”

Carleton’s innovative new and re-imagined undergraduate programs

If necessary, students will be able to use these types of support services to help navigate through several programs that launch this fall.

  • Carleton now offers a Bachelor of Information Technology: Information Resource Management joint degree program with Algonquin College. The program will provide students with a broad understanding of information management, as well as specific capabilities in managing digital resources as they relate to research data, websites and social media.

More great options for graduate studies at Carleton

Graduate students also have more options to consider, including:

  • The Master of Entrepreneurship, a new degree stream in the Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program. This stream has a business focus, and while the other TIM degree streams (MEng/MASc) require a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science, the MEnt is open to business graduates as well as science or engineering grads.
  • A Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting is open to graduates of any bachelor degree program in any discipline and delivered entirely online. This diploma provides the core accounting courses required for entry to the CPA (Certified Professional Accountant) professional education program or the Sprott Master of Accounting, both of which are pathways to achieving the CPA designation.
  • Master’s students can now attain an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Economics, and an MA in Economics, with a concentration in Financial Economics, in just 20 months. More details are available here.
  • Carleton is also launching new master’s and PhD programs in Information Technology that will provide students with the skills they need to succeed in a demanding and evolving field.
  • Meanwhile, Carleton’s Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation (DPPPE) will now be offered exclusively online, in order to provide a more flexible delivery model to prospective students.

More than five dozen new faculty members join Carleton

With new courses come new faculty – more than five dozen this fall. Among the new faculty are:

  • International Business Prof. Frank Jiang, whose research focus combines corporate social responsibility and international business strategy.
  • Accounting Prof. Katherine Ruff, whose research focus is charity social performance reporting/social impact reporting.
  • Social Work Prof. Nimo Bokore, who looks at female war survivors and resettlement challenges.
  • Law and Legal Studies Prof. Umut Ozsu, whose research interests lie principally in the area of public international law.
  • Pablo Heidrich, who teaches in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies, is an international political economist who specializes in natural resources and development in Latin America, and international trade policymaking amid financial crises.
  • New Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences faculty to watch out for include Gunnar Iversen (Film Studies), Karen Herbert (Geography and Environmental Studies), Tonya Davidson (Sociology), and Xuan Thuy Nguyen (Child Studies).

From Intention to Action programs helps students better manage stress

Admission into Carleton’s successful From Intention to Action (FITA) program, which helps students better manage stress and improve their academic performance, continues in September.

To participate in the unique and effective program, undergraduates or grad students must commit to meet one-on-one with a co-ordinator for an hour a week on 12 consecutive weeks. The co-ordinators are all staff members or master’s-level interns trained in counselling.

This fall, in concert with the university’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC), FITA will be piloting a new digital detox and physical fitness component. Students will pledge to unplug from social media and do something active for a certain amount of time each day or week.

Last year, the PMC’s 25th anniversary, about 250 students were helped by FITA, and PMC Director Larry McCloskey expects similar enrollment this year.

Students with physical disabilities who use the PMC’s services may want to check out six new pieces of accessible workout equipment installed in the Fitness Centre.

Carleton Ravens varsity teams ready for another strong season

In other news from Carleton’s Department of Recreation and Athletics, longtime assistant Kwesi Loney was named the new head coach of the Ravens men’s soccer team following the departure of Sandy Mackie, who served as the Ravens head coach for the past 24 seasons, and Fred Juett was appointed as the new head coach of the Ravens women’s soccer team.

Ravens rowers Anna Currie and Hunter Amesbury were named to Canada’s 2016 FISU World Championship Rowing team and are competing in the World University Rowing Championships in early September in Poznan, Poland, while Nordic skier Carrington Pomeroy was selected to participate at the 2017 FISU Winter Games.

For a complete list of all that’s new at Carleton, read our story here.

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