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The Cost of Our Varsity Teams
Buzz Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, had a piece in the Wall Street Journal last week headlined Why College Football Should Be Banned (“The costs are high, the benefits to students are low. And academics pay the price.”). If the article is going to start a discussion as the College, we might as well get some hard numbers on the table right off the bat.
Q: How much do our varsity teams cost each year? A: $12,502,577.
Q: And how many people participate in varsity sports? A: 861 individual students (out of 4,135 — 21% of all students).
All figures come from data that Dartmouth submits annually to the Federal Office of Postsecondary Education.
Putting the above in context, the College’s total expenditures last year came to $738,341,000. The cost of Dartmouth’s varsity teams amounts to only 1.69% of the College’s budget.
If we are looking for cost savings, before we look to team budgets, we might ask why the College’s total headcount is over a third higher than it was in 1999, and why many staffers earn more than double what they would command in equivalent jobs with other Upper Valley employers.
Addendum: According to the Federal Office of Postsecondary Education’s statistics, the College’s total budget for all types of athletic and recreational activities is $19,702,322 — barely 2.7% of the College’s annual spending.
Addendum: An alert readers points to a College report with a similar set of data.
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…