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Rotten Flesh; A Solid Heart
Sometimes one is tempted to lose hope for the College. The administration is so sick, such a great deal of money is wasted, and so little progress is made. But as I have said before, behind the scenes much good work goes on. Students do get a fine education from devoted, if under-appreciated, faculty members, as a current student’s Mom reports:
Dear Mr. Asch,
Thank you for your evident love of the College. I am the parent of a Dartmouth student and wanted to give you one parent’s perspective. I have had multiple other children attending other elite liberal arts college (and yes, our finances are now crazily depleted, and it hurts every day). I wanted to let you know that by far the experience of my Dartmouth student has been the best in terms of personal and academic growth.
Uniformly, my Dartmouth student’s professors have been caring and involved with my student inside and OUTSIDE the classroom even though my daughter is not a genius (nor a legacy or a development applicant). I could go on about this value-added experience (and I know there are valid issues surrounding dormitory life and the Greek system etc.), but I will keep this short, and conclude by saying, who cares about a drop in applications. In fact, I hope it was done on purpose. Why try to recruit more applications when you are rejecting almost 90 out of 100 applicants anyway — just to cause more angst and pain to 18-year-olds?.
The College on the Hill can fill its class with quality young men and women many times over, even with a 14% drop in applications (Dartmouth is rejecting so many fine applicants as it is — for example, I could introduce to you to a rejected applicant who is now at Stanford). I believe one has a more thorough understanding of the underbelly of admissions after watching several children go through the brutal admissions process as a non-legacy, non-development applicant (as my children did — it all ended up well, but the process was exasperating at best).
It is this experience that results in my lack of concern about the drop in applicants. The smaller applicant pool likely contains students who have a greater desire to attend Dartmouth, and that is for the best.
Once again, thank you for caring about the College.
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…