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Hawaii Goes Dartmouth

What to make of this news item? Sure, the College has a historic commitment to educating American Indians, but flying high school kids from Hawaii to Hanover to give them college prep classes seems, well, not very cost effective. Were there no American Indian kids from the East Coast who are equally deserving, or are they all flying to the West Coast and Hawaii for their college prep?

And people wonder why the cost of education is high.

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At least someone in Admissions had the good sense to bring the Hawaii kids to New England in the summertime, rather than in February.

Addendum: Needless to say, one has to wonder how many Dean of the College staffers went to Hawaii to organize this venture. Did OPAL’s Tiffany Mosley set up this waste of money? Hawaii one day, Ghana the next.

Addendum: For those of a politically correct persuasion, this space assiduously employs the term American Indian for the first peoples that some folks in Hanover still refer to as Native Americans. Lest you doubt the wisdom of this posture, a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian on the mall in Washington, D.C. will dispel your concerns.

Addendum: A reader with a practical mind writes in:

Well, I hope somebody takes into account the six-hour time difference between Hawaii and New Hampshire.

I have trouble enough adjusting with just a three-hour difference between the west coast and the east coast. When it’s 8am in New Hampshire, it’s still only 2am in Hawaii.

You can fly some Hawaiians to New Hampshire, but can you really expect to get high school students up at 2am to start their day?

Correction: A reader writes in with new information:

I check your blog periodically and I was surprised to see your blog post about College Horizons suggesting that Dartmouth misuses funds to support American Indian higher education. College Horizons is a non-profit group that supports American Indian high schoolers with a summer pre-admissions program that alternates what schools it hosts at every summer. It does not receive funding from Dartmouth. Please see it’s website for a list of donors. http://www.collegehorizons.org/donors It seem’s likely that Hawaii is paying for its Hawaiian students involvement in this program.

Best,
Cassandra Rendon
Geisel School of Medicine c/o 2017
Dartmouth College c/o 2009

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