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Geisel Apps Up? I Don’t Get It

How could a little school in a small town in a cold state in a rapidly depopulating part of the country see a 27% increase in applications this year? I wonder if it is because the administration has been shovelling time, effort and money into making the Geisel School of Medicine a better institution? Nah, that can’t be it. Perhaps a study into this incomprehensible result by expensive outside consultants is in order.

Geisel Applications Comp.jpg

Addendum: We’ve noted in the past the extraordinary range of backgrounds and competence possessed by the members of DHMC’s Board of Trustees. Well, the best keeps getting better: Tuck’s Dean Paul Danos was just named to the Board. What a contrast with Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees, a group of big money MBA donors with but a thimbleful of experience in higher education between them. I call them the Upper Valley PTA.

Addendum: Of course, there is always another side of any Dartmouth story, as an observer observes:

Regarding your story on the increase in Geisel applicants. You should check to see how this year’s applicant numbers compare to those over the past five years. The administration is cherry picking data… this is not so much an uptick in applicants as a return to the normal baseline after a transient decrease (which, of course, was unannounced in the previous year).

Dartblog should try to dig deeper into the Geisel school (of which I am a staunch supporter… it is can continue to be a great medical school)… there is a huge budget problem and little leadership as to how to fix things. Last week the admin announced a cancellation of the MD/PHD program (see here), which would be a drop in the bucket but cost the school enormous prestige.

Overall there is a growing crisis occurring at Geisel that would not take too much investigative looking around to spot.

Addendum: The D’s story on Geisel admissions includes a graph that ilustrates the real historical growth in applications to the med school:

Geisel Application GraphA.jpg

The story included a possible explanation for the jump from Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Financial Aid Dino Koff:

Koff said the change could be attributed both to the general upward trend in medical school applications and the unique experiences that Geisel offers.

While medical school applications are up across the country, Geisel’s 27 percent increase was far greater than the average, Koff said.

“Students at Geisel are able to engage in opportunities that are really hot topics — global health, community service learning and research opportunities,” Koff said. “Students can do this right away.”…

The rise in applications has not aligned with a specific increase outreach efforts, he said.

Koff said the increase shows the success of Geisel’s 20x20 plan, Koff said. The initiative aims to move the school into the ranks of the top 20 U.S. medical schools by the year 2020, and efforts include boosting the school’s external reputation and endowment.

Addendum: The Union Leader is reporting that applications at Geisel this year are at “an all-time high for the medical school.”

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