uOttawa suspends journalism program intake

August 15, 2013

The University of Ottawa has suspended admission to its journalism program, reports the Ottawa Citizen. A report to uOttawa’s senate last year from an external body called the program “profoundly troubled,” and suggested the program be suspended as soon as possible, then either cancelled or revamped. “The university has chosen to restructure the program,” said English language coordinator Evan Potter, with the intention to begin admitting students again in fall 2014. Critics are questioning uOttawa’s plans for the program, suggesting that more needs to be done. The program is offered in partnership with Algonquin College and La Cité collégiale, but students already in the program will not be affected. Some students are worried about how their degrees will be valued in light of the controversy, and hope that the program’s reputation does not tarnish their worth. Ottawa Citizen (suspension) | Ottawa Citizen (students)