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Gouging the Grad Schools, Too
(For students returning to campus, we are re-printing a few highlights from the last term.)
As we noted above, 66% of the total tuition income figure cited in the College’s financial statements comes from undergraduates; the remainder, obviously, comes from the graduate schools. Let’s examine how grad students fared as Jim Kim masterfully balanced Dartmouth’s budget.
First off, between 2001 to 2010 the grad schools were responsible for 30% of Dartmouth’s tuition income. Between 2010 and 2013, that figure jumped to 34%. As thoroughly as the Kim administration soaked undergrads by raising their actual tuition payments, it raised tuition on grad students even more. As you can see on the right, tuition income taken in from graduate students increased from $41,869,000 in 2010 to $61,399,000 in 2013 — a jump of $19,470,000 (46.6%) over three years. Yet the total income from grad students had only risen by $11,132,000 over the preceding nine years.
Part of this increase came from ramping up the student body size at Geisel, Thayer and Tuck, which rose in total by 115 students (9.8%) over the three-year period:
But the increase in the number of students — part of a longterm strategy dating back a good many years — doesn’t go very far in explaining the College’s 46.6% increase in grad student tuition income. The greater part of the huge jump must have come from higher tuition costs and greatly reduced financial aid.
As I said the other day, any progress that Jim Kim made in balancing Dartmouth’s budget came on the backs of students — making higher education ever less affordable, and diverting the best quality students to schools like HYP that rank higher than Dartmouth and cost less to attend for all students, and especially students receiving financial aid.
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…