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Olde Dartmouth Intellectual? Nah.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently endeavored to determine the distinguishing characteristics of the Ivy League colleges, and first up on the publication’s list was the number of Rhodes Scholarship winners by school. After HYP, you may be surprised to find that the Ancient Eight’s smallest school came comfortably in fourth place:
Of course, before we engage in self-congratulation, let’s note that the the College’s performance in the past several decades fell well below our historical results, save for the decade encompassing the Depression and the start of WWII:
The moral of the story: before today’s undergrads deride bad Olde Dartmouth for its supposed myriad ism’s and anti-intellectual attitude, an examination of the details is in order.
Addendum: Things are looking up. This year two undergrads — both from Canada — were Rhodes Scholars.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
You should note that the distribution list you refer to relates to US scholars, not those from other countries. Our two this year are both Canadian and, although wonderful for Dartmouth, do not contribute to the US totals above.
Also, it should be noted, lest we rest on 50-year-old laurels, that we have been easily surpassed by the likes of Stanford and USMA, and will be soon passed by places like USNA, UVA, and Duke.
My youngest daughter just graduated from Carleton, and I noted with some interest that that small school, less than half the size of Dartmouth, has produced twice as many Rhodes over the past 25 years.
I love Dartmouth. Three of my kids have gone there, and loved it, too, but I am pessimistic that it can regain its former academic glory for all the reasons you continually talk about. Keep up the great work!
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…
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