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Those Are “Dartmouth Numbers”

One of the toughest things in analyzing the College is finding internally consistent, intelligible statistics. Dartblog’s last two posts reproduced tables of staffing levels that the College itself provided to the federal government and on the Dartmouth Fact Book web site.

How do these jibe with the following quote from Provost/Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt in the Valley News last month:

As for possible cuts in the faculty, Acting Provost Carol Folt reiterated that Kim said he was “looking at everything.”

However, she stressed that the college has spent 15 years working to increase the size of the faculty, which has grown by 107, or 16 percent, in the last eight years, to a full-time equivalent of 767 faculty members.

“We don’t want to diminish the quality of the academic experience,” Folt said.

Over that same period, the size of the staff has increased by 83 FTEs, or just under 3 percent, to 2,867 employees.

How’s that again? You have the same data as I do, and I can’t make any sense of Carol Folt’s information.


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