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Brown v. Dartmouth: Where Does All the Money Go? (Part 1/2)

Let’s dig a little deeper into the different ways that Dartmouth and Brown spend their money. As we have seen, Brown has approximately 36% more students than Dartmouth, and Providence is a more expensive place to do business, yet Brown’s total expenses in 2013 were $105,491,000 less than at the College.

First off, Brown did not shirk its reponsibities towards its students by hiring fewer faculty members. According to the federal government’s authoritative Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data for 2011, not only does Brown have 35% more full-time professors than Dartmouth, but it pays all of them more than they would make in Hanover — by about 10% or so, depending on the level that the faculty member has achieved:

Dartmouth Brown Faculty Salaries2.jpg

Interestingly, observe in the above table that the biggest differtial between Brown and Dartmouth is at the level of assistant professors. Brown pays $82,341/year to its assistants on average; Dartmouth pays only $72,725/year — a material difference of 13.22% for young, up-and-coming junior faculty.

Note also that Brown does not have a business school, whereas at Dartmouth, professors at Tuck are among the school’s highest earners (given that Tuck must compete with industry for the services of good business minds). Were we to strip out the Tuck profs from the Dartmouth v. Brown salary comparison, I expect that the overall salary difference would be even greater in Browns’s favor.

So if Brown is outspending the College on faculty salaries, where is it that we are outspending Brown?


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