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The Endowment’s National Ranking
Another way to measure the quality of the College’s financial management is to analyze how the endowment has evolved relative to that of other schools. Have we controlled costs, invested well, and effectively solicited the support of alumni so that the nest egg that keeps on giving grows to the benefit of future students and faculty?
The answer is, not so well. In 1990 we had the 17th largest endowment in the country; today we have fallen to 22nd place. Six non-Ivy schools have done a better job than we have (Texas A&M, Michigan, University of California, Duke, Virginia, and USC), and Vanderbilt has performed less well:
Among the Ivies, Penn has driven forward from 13th place in 1990 to 9th place today. Not a bad performance. Harvard coasts along in first place; no matter how poorly it manages its affairs, it has so much more dough than other schools that won’t lose its top ranking any time soon. Most of the other members of the Ancient Eight have kept their slots or dropped in the rankings (Brown from 27th to 31st; Cornell from 13th to 19th; and Columbia from 6th to 11th).
Regarding the College’s decline, one might imagine that successive administrations have chosen to draw heavily from the endowment to keep the College in especially good fighting trim, but when looking at our falling U.S. News rankings and increasingly down-at-the-heels campus (sure there was $40+ million to renovate the Inn, but look at decrepit Dartmouth Row and a great many tawdry dorms), one can easily see the falseness of that proposition.
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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