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The College Ranks
In the lead-up to the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings, interim dean of admissions and financial aid Paul Sunde said he hopes that the policy initiatives of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” will be recognized in the rankings.
Sunde said that he feels the U.S. News and World Report rankings garner a significant amount of attention from the press and that, overall, Dartmouth’s place in the rankings has improved during his time at the College.
Paul has now been at the College for fifteen years, and a review of Dartmouth’s rankings over time illustrates that his statement is not even arguably true:
In the two years prior to Sunde’s arrival at the College in 2000, our ranking dropped from 7th to 11th, but then for a seven-year stretch, it settled in at 9th place. The current ranking of 12th is the worst ranking that the College has ever had.
Of course, one could make the argument that rankings have little meaning, but then one could also make the argument that after a decade and a half of Jim Wright, Jim Kim, Carol Folt, and a lackluster Phil Hanlon, the College is in worse shape that it has ever been.
Addendum: A statistician eyeballing the above histogram would have no difficulty discerning a trend-line.
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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