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Harvard: An Adult Dean of the College
Here’s an idea that we might pick up on. Let’s have a grown-up at the head of the College’s sprawling student administration, rather than someone who is a professional educational administrator (shudder). Harvard shows us how:
There once was a time when a few years in the administration was an accepted burden for faculty members. They brought common sense to their roles, and empire-building was not part of the agenda because the classroom and research were always on the horizon. Not any more. As Johns Hopkins Professor Benjamin Ginsberg delineates in his book The Fall of the Faculty, The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters, the metastasizing of college administrations has shunted the faculty aside, and administrative bloat is suffocating a good many institutions, including Dartmouth. The undergraduate side of the College now has almost five non-faculty staff members for each faculty member.
Might we hope that our next Dean of the College be a serious, rigorous person, someone immune to the temptations of each passing administrative fashion, someone who could clean house and ensure that we get a material return on our huge investment each year. I expect that the Dean of the College’s annual budget is now in the area of $50 million.
Addendum: Charlotte Johnson has gone quiet again. She’ll have been here for three years this summer, the usual length of a Dean’s contract. I expect that she’s out jobhunting. Let’s hope Phil is looking for a new dean. If he isn’t, we’ll have to wonder about his nose for talent and his resolve to make substantive changes.
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…