After a decade of preparing students for the world of public policy, Carleton’s prestigious Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs can look forward to a future of many more accomplishments.
It’s the proud track record that students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college toasted at an anniversary celebration at the Chateau Laurier last month.
“The idea was to produce people who are intellectually nimble,” says Chris Dornan, the college’s director.
When the college first opened its doors in 1999, Dornan admits it was a risky experiment “but this anniversary is an occasion to recognize a great success.”
Since its creation, Kroeger College has seen graduates from seven classes walk through its doors and into the world of public policy.
The college was established in response to the changing nature of civic life and the factors shaping societies. It took the form of an interdisciplinary degree that would marshal Carleton’s strength and emphasize public policy, says Dornan. The idea was to break down interdisciplinary boundaries so students could understand the whole societal spectrum, how government decisions are made and how they can be influenced.
“It attracted many bright students, making it another — but distinctive — arrow in our quiver,” Dornan says.
Named after Arthur Kroeger, a respected veteran public servant and former chancellor of Carleton, Dornan says Kroeger’s reputation garnered interest and awareness about the program.
An estimated 100 students each year are accepted, making competition stiff. But the small class helps build a collegial atmosphere, which Dornan calls “an essential feature of higher education.”
Kroeger College graduate Roberta Kramchynsky agrees.
“We become a very close-knit community and we make connections that we will keep with people throughout time,” says Kramchynsky, who heads the new alumni chapter and works as a government relations consultant. She says her degree has given her the tools to better understand many societies.
Meanwhile, after a decade of accomplishments, Dornan says the college will continue to carry on Kroeger’s legacy.
“If all we could do is live up to the example Arthur gave, we would be doing a great public good.”