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A Great Asset Unrecognized

Though the Admissions department’s amateurish website touts our off-campus programs (“study around the world”), the flacks who put out the page haven’t done enough research to know that in this area the College has something distinctive and special to offer high school seniors:

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On recent college tours, I was initially astounded to hear that students in other top institutions were offered hundreds of off-campus programs — until it dawned on me that these were no more than open-enrollment programs at many different schools. When I asked, for example, at Brandeis how many of these programs were staffed by the university’s own faculty, the answer was sobering: a total of two.

At the College, our own professors run 43 off-campus programs, which can provide extraordinary educational experiences if students approach them correctly. In fact, we should make participation in a Dartmouth off-campus program mandatory for all undergraduates. That policy makes sense for any number of reasons (pedagogical, housing management, financial, etc.). However, until the implementation of such a strategy, let’s at least tell prospies that the College has something unique to offer its students.

Addendum: The Review had a good overview of the College’s off-campus programs in its May 9 edition.

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