Special projects

Francophonie: Official French-Language Designation

The Vice-President Academic and Provost leads the Official French-Language Designation project at the University. The University's Board of Governors and Senate have resolved to seek official government designation as an organization providing French-language services under Section 8 of the French Language Services Act. In particular, the University seeks designation for undergraduate programs offered in French as well as services offered to students by the administration and faculties. This request was formally submitted to the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities in August 2014.

In September 2015, the University of Ottawa officially obtained designation for its services and academic programs in French under the French Language Services Act of Ontario. This designation guarantees the continuation of the Francophone character of our university. It will protect the provision of services and academic programs in French by the University of Ottawa, the largest bilingual university (French-English) in the world.

Learn more about the Designation!

Francophonie: Report on the State of Affairs for Programs and Services in French

A Report entitled "State of Affairs for Programs and Services in French" is in the process of being drafted. Il should be available in 2015. This report will provide an overview of the current state of the Francophonie on campus, including data on the University's linguistic demographics, its French course and program offerings, the availability of services in French and initiatives targeting the promotion of French language and culture. This information will be used in making recommendations that aim to achieve linguistic equilibrium and equity.

Faculty Budget Allocation Review

A review of the faculty budget allocation formula is currently underway.

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

In the Destination 2020 strategic plan, the University committed itself to increasing the number of graduate students and improving their overall student experience. A working group has been formed to assess the general operations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) at the University of Ottawa and to recommend to the Vice-President Academic and Provost the necessary changes to boost excellence in graduate studies. A steering committee has been formed to study the feasibility of the Working Group's recommendations. Consult the Working Group's report (PDF).

A recommendation was made to the Senate in Spring 2015 to adopt a new structure for the FGPS by December 2016.

Blended/Hybrid Learning

Blended learning (also known as hybrid learning) is a combination of campus-based and online educational environments that is expressly intended to enhance the quality of the learning experience. In response to the recommendations of the Working Group on e-learning, the University is working towards the adoption of blended learning on a large scale. In particular, the University will strive to develop 1000 new blended courses (which represents 20% of the courses currently offered), the equivalent of having 500 professors using blended learning by 2020. Further information on the Blended Learning Initiative can be found here.

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