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LSA/FSP: The PR and the Truth
At what point does PR puffery become outright distortion or even lying? Take the January 27 Dartmouth Now release about the College’s once-renowned overseas programs:
Things sound good, right? The College has long been a leader in foreign programs — a legacy of the Dartmouth Plan’s initial effort to bring women to the College without adding to the number of students in Hanover. But the curent truth is that in yet another area, the administration has taken its eye off the ball, as statistics from the Dartmouth Factbook illustrate clearly.
The number of foreign programs has barely changed over the last seven years: up from 42 in 2008 to 43 today, though there was a spike in 2011 to 46 programs. Hardly an upswing:
And participation in overseas programs run by the College is dropping year by year: over the 2008-2014 period, the number of students dropped from 653 to 534 — a decline of 18.2% (the number of undergrads on campus rose by 3.8% during that time period). Hardly an upswing:
The deeper truth is that the College can boast about the number of students studying abroad only due to the large increase in students going on programs run by other schools. The number of students on foreign exchange programs at foreign colleges increased from 22 to 46 between 2008 and 2014, and the number on foreign programs run by other American schools during this time period jumped from 41 to 105. That’s an upswing:
Overall, the percentage of College students on foreign programs of all types has never been lower than it is today. That’s definitely not an upswing.
Addendum: I have long thought that participation in one of the College’s foreign programs should be mandatory for all students. But a policy like that would distract Phil and Carolyn from their emphasis on high-level research, wouldn’t it?
Addendum: As we reported on December 11, 2014, the administration is worried about the hemmoraging of students out of the College’s foreign programs to the cheaper offerings of other schools. Rather than upgrading our FLSA/FSP programs to attract students, here’s what has been done:
… the College has gone so far as to impose a punitive tax on students participating in foreign programs offered by other schools: $1,100 for the fall term and $2,200 for the winter, spring, and summer terms.
There is rot everywhere.
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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