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U.S. News: Dartmouth Moves from #11 to #9
Dartmouth has always had a peculiar disadvantage in the U.S. News rankings, in that it is a small college competing—by choice—in a category filled almost exclusively with research leviathans; we do not aspire to be them, because they are inhumane and boring; nor do we aspire to be the less potent lights in the “liberal arts” category. The hybridity takes a toll. Dartmouth suffers too generally, because the genius of the U.S. News rankings is in its vicissitude. Since both the facts and the formulae drawing on them change each year, so do the rankings. Since the actual best college, indiscernible though the holder of that title remains, probably does not change frequently, this is brilliant (because dynamic) and unassailable (because fictional) journalism. It remains true, of course, that any ranking which suggests to consumers that Harvard College is the sine qua non of American undergraduate life is, of course, crap.
This year, Dartmouth is #9, which is an improvement. Congratulations to the administration.
Joe Asch notes: Not to be a wet blanket — at least any more than usual — but we are now ranked 9th in a tie with Duke and the University of Chicago. The school placing immediately after our three-way tie is Northwestern, which is ranked 12th. By that measure, I guess we are no longer ranked 11th.
And we did keep our top ranking in last year’s new category: Best Colleges: Undergraduate Teaching at National Universities.
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…
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