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The Ivory Tower Beckons
Am I the first to notice the new ads in the Daily Dartmouth this term? They’re advertisements for Dartmouth’s graduate programs. I understand that the economy is down and that many students are looking for options after they graduate, but since when does Dartmouth blatantly advertise its grad programs?
Maybe I’m a little sensitive to the issue seeing as I’ve been skeptical of the administration’s goals for a long time. I just worry that this is a signal of a bigger shift. Suddenly seeing actual print advertisements in a newspaper makes me nervous that the promotion of graduate studies is a new priority for a new administration. I firmly believe that Dartmouth makes a first-rate undergraduate institution, but would make a second-rate Harvard.
Some would explain this trend towards pushing the graduate programs as the College attempting to make some easy money by charging grad students an arm and a leg to work with a professor who is already employed. However, a grad student takes time and resources away from a professor that could be better spent on an undergrad. Additionally, I contacted the graduate studies department and learned that while some subjects do require tuition, others are grant supported and therefore the students receive the education plus a stipend.
Thus I pray that these advertisements are merely an attempt by the administration to remind students of their options right here in Hanover, and that they are not indicative of a darker push to start the transformation of the College into Dartmouth University.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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