Welcome to Dartmouth's most influential daily
Each day, Dartblog and its team of alumni and students bring you news and commentary from Hanover and the world at large. Read our iPhone edition here.
This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.
Cut That Office! Institutional Diversity and Equity
Today’s new-look D has a piece long on generalities and short on specifics regarding the McKinsey report of several years ago. The PR folks seems to want to show that Dartmouth was ahead of the curve in bringing in consultants to re-order the sprawling bureaucracy. The piece includes the following nugget:
At the same time, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity was refocused to address discrimination issues exclusively, rather than also dealing with inter-office conflicts, Nordberg said.
Wrong! Dartblog has looked at OIDE before; in fact it is a bête noire for us. It’s eight employees should be reduced to the legal minimum as quickly as you can say “budget cut.” Given President Kim’s public position on political correctness, the resolve to do so should be there.
We might look into OIDE in more detail sometime in the future, but suffice it to say that there is no part of the College bureaucracy that is as widely viewed with disdain by faculty and adminstrators — no matter what their political orientation. OIDE encumbers the hiring process for faculty and staff in a manner that causes everyone to waste time and the College to lose recruits to more nimble institutions. Its costly diversity seminars most often have the adjective “mind-numbing” attached to them. And the Office is persistently accused of affixing racial and gender hiring criteria to certain positions. To put the latter point into plainer English: OIDE often tells search committees that specific jobs are reserved for women and African-Americans.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…