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The Latest PR Thrashing

Here’s our latest pummeling in the media. NHPR’s 2,180-word report has nary a positive word to say about the College.

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Addendum: I was misquoted by the reporter of this piece:

Joseph Asch, class of ‘79, is founder and editor of Dartblog, a website that is often critical of the Dartmouth administration. Asch largely blames Dartmouth’s tuition - more than $60,000 a year - and the college’s decision to no longer accept Advanced Placement credits for the admissions drop.

Yet, he says, “these crazy campus-life issues, which succeed one after the other in their vulgarity,” can’t be easily dismissed. And while Dartmouth can help itself most by “changing the conversation” to how it can improve academically, Asch says, “I can’t help but think, putting myself in the place of a high-achieving college student and looking at all this hazing and rape trials and sexual assault conferences, that it seems like a place that has lost sight of what’s important.”

The 14% drop in applications certainly has more to do with social issues than anything else, followed by the College’s decision to no longer grant AP credits to incoming freshman. The College’s tuition is not sufficiently different from that of the other Ivies to be a material factor in declining applications.

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