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The Tottering Ivory Tower
As the administration blithely kicks the financial can down the road and behaves as if students’ social lives are Dartmouth’s top priority — except for some incremental reforms to academic life (cluster hiring and more graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) — the big bear in the room is receiving ever more attention in the real world. Phil might proudly be raising tuition this year by only double the inflation rate, but out there ever more attention is being given to the unsustainable bloat in college costs. This month’s new effort, a film entitled Ivory Tower, focuses on the ever-increasing cost of tuition and the concomitant rise in life-distorting student loans.
As this space has done endlessly, the movie notes that college costs have been unfettered by any relationship to the rise of the cost of living or other cost indicia in society. Hiring levels increase every year and spending jumps up along with it because administrators believe that tuition can be endlessly raised and the endowment will throw off ever more money:
But there are cracks in the tower, and as I have mentioned before, it will take only one courageous institution to lead the way of reform. Huge cuts in staff, salary and benefits will be a first step, followed by a refocus on serious education that such reforms will allow. In short, Dartmouth and other schools could do a lot more educating for a lot less money.
Here’s the trailer for Ivory Tower, which will probably be shown in Hanover this summer:
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…