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Brouhaha in Virginia
The Board of Trustees at UVA just turfed the school’s President, Teresa Sullivan. One of the justifications: a lack of vision. As always, it is hard to know what really happened, but the below paragraph from a Washington Post story on the event contains the kind of language that seems to come easily from the mouths of administrators all over the country. It will be familiar to denizens of Hanover. However, as we all know, the trick is to actually walk the walk.
Several academic leaders contend Sullivan had a clear vision for the university. Her top priority was to foster “the premier undergraduate experience in the United States,” along with top-ranked professional programs, and the capacity to hire and keep the best scholars for the faculty, Simon said. She envisioned a “radical” shift in undergraduate teaching, he said, to stress in-depth and one-on-one interactions for upper-level students, technology, and academic innovation for freshmen and sophomores.
Addendum: One of the recent popular actions by the UVA Board of Visitors was to raise the bottom of the university’s pay scale from $10.65/hour per hour to $11.30/hour. As we have previously noted, the baseline union wage plus pension benefits in Hanover — where the cost of living is lower than in Charlottesville — is over 50% higher than the new UVA figure.
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…