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Vox Clamantis in Maine
When an institution begins to rot, the decay sets in pretty much everywhere. To wit, a letter to the editor in the January/February edition of the Alumni Magazine::
Here you have an alumnus, David Shedd ‘84, a man of varied interests and talents, who offers time and treasure (he’s given money every year since graduation) to the College on a regular basis. The measured tone of his letter reflects both real thought and care in drafting. But, as with so many other alumni, Shedd’s loyalty is on the wane.
We’ve reported in the past how alumni interviewers can speak with numerous talented candidates, only to see none admitted — or worse, to see candidates, who they believe are markedly inferior, admitted under the College’s system of quotas. David is not complaining about a relative here; he’s not even plumping for some Olde Maine applicant. But year after year, he is seeing wealthy high school seniors being accepted over high-achieving immigrants who have overcome on-the-ground adversity.
If the administration could cut the waste from the budget, it could take ramp up the College’s admissions effort. How about a first-class, on-line presentation of Dartmouth — in contrast to the present poor effort (here and here)? And how about extra staffers to signal our presence at high schools all over the country, admissions officers who would, in a real innovation, go out and interview thousands of applicants in conjunction with alumni. In this way they could measure first hand the students behind the professionally polished resumés. Nobody conducts this costly exercise today; a rich school like ours, if it watched its pennies, could be the first.
Addendum: My classmate Tim Prager ‘79 has put forward good ideas for revamping the College’s admissions effort.
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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