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Football: Firing on All Cylinders
A member of the Class of 2011 writes in:
You recently posted regarding the football program’s increased on-field prowess of late. I would also like to point out that Coach Teevens has in no way sacrificed the program’s traditional strength of academic excellence to do so.
Of players I personally was teammates with during my four years in Hanover, I can, off the top of my head, count four MDs (three of whom are orthopedic surgery residents; the fourth is at a Harvard residency program) plus at least five med students (at places like Columbia and Vanderbilt), about ten JD’s or law students (including Harvard), a Ph.D. in chemistry from UT-Austin), a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Computer Sciences graduate student and numerous MBAs (including at Harvard and Wharton).
In my opinion Coach Teevens deserves just as much, if not more, credit for this off-the-field record then he does the recent Ivy Co-championship. He and his staff recruit quality young men and encourage them to put football in proper perspective.
My correspondent’s note highlights the particular successes of certain athletes, but Dartmouth teams overall enjoy outstanding academic results, too. The College led Division I institutions for a fourth straight year in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) with a 99 percent score for student-athletes who arrived in Hanover in 2008.
The NCAA also rates teams by another data set: the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures academic performance and retention. The College’s press release describes our results:
Each athletic program receives an APR score, with teams falling under a certain threshold subject to penalties such as loss of scholarships and postseason bans. The top 10 percent in each sport receive APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
Last May, Dartmouth had more programs honored than any other school in Division I for a fourth-consecutive year with 26 teams recognized. All of Dartmouth’s programs easily met the NCAA minimum standard as well.
No other school in Division I has been at the top of the GSR and APR in the same year even once.
Needless to say, football was among the College’s academically successful teams.
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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