Carleton to clarify donor agreement for politics school

July 13, 2012

Carleton University says the $15-million donor agreement for its Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management does not reflect the institution's academic policies and will be clarified. The move comes as the Canadian Association of University Teachers prepares a broadside at what it calls "unprecedented and unacceptable" provisions in Carleton's agreement with donor Clayton Riddell. The agreement reveals that the Riddell Foundation effectively appointed 3 out of 5 people on a steering committee, which was given sweeping power over the program's budget, academic hiring, executive director, and curriculum. "That's just unheard of," says CAUT executive director James Turk. Carleton stresses that all hiring decisions for the program, which enters its second academic year in September, were made using regular, proper procedures. Canadian Press | Ottawa Citizen