Archived post

This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.

« France’s Greatest Wine? | Home | The Sorority Sellers’ Market »


Dartmouth Pays the Market (to Some)

Last week we described the College as grossly overpaying its staff, both relative to the labor market in the Upper Valley and to the Living Wage calculations of the Poverty in America center at Penn State. Reader response was rapid from a group that enjoys no such largesse: the College’s students. It seems that Dartmouth doesn’t pay undergraduates a penny more than the going local rate for work. Take a look at this job offer — which comes in at a rate below what my own business pays in its daycare center:

Classroom Assistant1.jpg

Once again, the adminstration’s longstanding priority comes into focus: the staff before the students. This policy is obvious above, and it should be obvious to anyone comparing Dartmouth’s larger scale choices as regards overall staff pay and student tuition. Want proof? The College is also advertising the same job to local people on its jobs website:

Classroom Assistant2.jpg

At what pay?

Classroom Assistant5.jpg

Maybe the College thinks that a local person with a high school diploma will do 27.2% better work than a Dartmouth student? Or maybe we are seeing discrimmination against students? Why else offer $11.45/hour (the midpoint between $10.05 and $12.84) to local people and only $9.00/hour to students.

That said, my gripe is not with the wage offered to students. If they’ll accept it, that’s fine. My concern is why pay more than necessary to residents of the Upper Valley, and waste the College’s money in the process. A fair wage is one that people agree on.

Addendum: A student writes in:

Nice piece about the wages, etc., of College employees, especially the union members. An interesting follow-up would be to compare that to what the College pays student employees in various part-time (or full-time in off terms) positions. While I can’t speak to the experience of others in other positions, I know that the Tutor Clearinghouse, a part of the Academic Skills Center, pays me $9/hour for peer tutoring, a job I’ve had for a while. This is something that, while in high school, I made $15-20/hour off of (and in fact, I tutored a Hanover High student last term at this rate), and is also less than the amount I made this past summer stocking shelves and cashiering at Target (granted, I live in the high-minimum wage state of Washington, but still).

Given the service I provide and the skill in both teaching ability, ability to explain concepts in multiple different ways and knowledge of the material, I think it’s more than safe to say this is something that should not pay less than being a food service worker (indeed, less than two-thirds of said food service worker’s pay).

Featured posts

  • 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…

Dartblog Specials

Subscribe by Email

Enter your email address:

Help, Pecuniarily

Please note

This website reflects the personal opinions of its authors. Any e-mails received may be published along with the full name of the sender. If you wish otherwise, please say so.

All content appearing at Dartblog.com should be presumed copyright 2004-2014 its respective bylined author unless otherwise noted or unless linked to original source.

Advertisement

admin

Calendar

February 2014
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28

Search

Archives

Links