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Thanks Heavens for Cornell
The best ways for the College to rise in rankings like the one below are to hold costs down (we are now the second most expensive school in the Ivies after Columbia — despite being located in low-cost Hanover) and keep the innovations coming. What major steps forward has the administration come up with over the past 15 year to improve Dartmouth’s academic and residential life? Anyone? Anyone?
And, no, Carol, the problem is not a dearth of PR.
Here are Kiplinger’s criteria for their ranking and the weight of each criterion: Cost and Financial Aid: 31.25%; Student Indebtedness: 12.5%; Competitiveness: 25%; Graduation Rates: 18.75%; Academic Support: 12.5%.
You will have noted that in this ranking, at least, the cost of attending #1 Yale is 13.81% less than the College. Over four years, that’s a total difference of $29,704. Is Dartmouth worth $29,704 more than Yale? In the last decade, almost nobody with the choice before them thought so.
Addendum: In a similar classification, U.S. New ranks us 7th in the nation, and fifth in the Ivies (ahead of Cornell, Penn and Brown).
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…