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Truth In Advertising
There was a time not too long ago when the College had confidence in itself, when the word college was put forth as evidence that we were proudly different from all the Ivy universities: Dartmouth College was the only college in the Ivy League. By that we meant that the institution’s focus was unrelentingly on the undergraduate program; our undergrads (who outnumbered grad students by 4:1, not 2:1 like today) would not be slighted by a disproportionate focus on graduate schools. What a great message!
Today most of the Admissions Department’s webpages don’t even employ the word college. The folks in Admissions eagerly want everyone to know that we are “an Ivy League university,” too. We really are!!!
On the same webpage above, Admissions puts forward the figure that Dartmouth does “over $200 million in funded research.” Where does that figure come? Not from the annual financials. The 2012 annual report notes that we did $173,554,000 of sponsored research in 2012 and $179,811,00 in 2011:
According to the 2010 annual report, funded research amounted to $168,130,000 in 2009 and $172,638,000 in 2008:
None of these figures comes even close to $200 million.
Finally, as we saw in a recent post, the College’s foreign study programs just ain’t what they used to be. For the Class of 2013, programs led by members of the Dartmouth faculty involved only 48% of the student body, and even if you add the extra 10% of students who participated in often cut-rate, non-Dartmouth programs, you only get to 58% of undergrads:
Lots of sloppiness all around the Admissions department’s webpage.
Addendum: Despite the declining LSA/FSP numbers, Dartmouth Now ran a big story last week vaunting the College’s overseas programs. No word, however, on the declining overall numbers and the trend among undergrads to attend programs run by schools like Portland State:
Dartmouth Leads the Ivies in Study Abroad
Dartmouth is the top-ranked Ivy League institution and sixth overall among doctorate-granting institutions for percentage of undergraduates studying abroad, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education’s 2013 this week.
More than 64 percent of Dartmouth’s Class of 2011 studied abroad…
The Class of 2011? How about some updated figures? Like the ones above?
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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