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College Pulse (4/4): Making the Grade
College Pulse’s Terren Klein and his friends are not only skilled at gathering interesting data using their web-based survey software, but they are expert in the modern art of data visualization. Take a look at the Grade Point Averages of the members of the College’s various Greek houses as compared to the means of affiliated and unaffiliated students. All of the data comes from the College:
(Sorry for the difficulty in reading some of the data on your screen. SigEps’s GPA at the top of the pyramid is 3.59, just a hair under A-.)
I find it striking how closely bunched the various cohorts are. Dartmouth students need to pass 35 courses in order to graduate; after four years of study, it seems that all students and all unaffiliated students go to Commencement with the same average GPA : 3.47.
What does that tell you about the Greeks? It’s hard to say. That they can earn the same grades as students who don’t haze/carouse/drink and play pong with the same ardor (not to mention spending time bonding with their brothers and sisters and engaging in charitable activities) speaks well of the Greeks — though they may just have better access to the best layup lists.
Even the GPA difference between Greek men (3.42) and Greek women (3.53) is less that it might seem: another way of looking at the meaning of a 0.11 gap in their GPAs is that the women achieved an A- in approximately eleven courses in which the men only earned a B+; otherwise, their grades were the same.
The two outliers in the chart are Alpha Phi Alpha and Gamma Delta Chi. Why?
Addendum: Go to College Pulse’s website and you can see the details of each Greek house’s grades over the past few year in contrast of other averages.
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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