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What the Market Bares
Will there come a day when everyone at the College is an Econ major. Given present trends, we can’t be too far off from that result:
I don’t think that there has ever been a discipline that has gobbled up 20% of Dartmouth students. Of course, Economics majors do have other interests: 43 of them (20.5%) majored in another subject, too:
Perhaps all of those Math/Econ double majors are hoping to follow in the footsteps of GE CEO Jeff Immelt ‘78, whose two majors seem to have helped his career (if not GE’s stock, which is still more than 50% off of its level when Immelt became CEO).
But why the increasing focus on Econ? Of course the department is the College’s best, with a range of professors who are wonderful teachers, top-notch scholars, and who have often held high-level jobs in government — but I don’t think those facts tell the whole story. My sense is that the higher the cost of a Dartmouth education rises, the more students are obliged to think of paying back loans and looking for a financial return on their parents’ investment. If present trends continue, the annual cost of an Ivy League education in Hanover will reach $100,000 in about 2025. I’d pick that date for when everyone will be an Econ major.
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…