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The Sick Man of the Ivies
The federal Education Department has come up with a Financial-Responsibility Test to evaluate the fiscal health of the nation’s schools. How did Dartmouth come out? Well, given the College’s wealth — we have about double the endowment/student of all of the Ivy schools except for HYP — you’d think that we’d get top marks. But no. After years of profligacy and waste, it turns out that the feds think that we are at the bottom of the pack:
What a sad result for a school that charges more tuition than anyone in the Ancient Eight except Columbia, that pays its faculty under the odds, and is letting its buildings molder. That a skinflint can end up poor is but a reflection of the fact that we cut spending to save money everywhere — except on the staff.
I know that this line of argument is beginning to sound like a broken record (note to undergrads: a broken record is like a scratched CD that repeats a scene over and over), but to see a fine college laid low by bad strategy choices and weak management practices is hard to take. Dartmouth could be great again if the administration approached the College as an educational institution first and foremost, and not as a welfare agency providing lifetime tenure to bureaucrats and laborers.
Addendum: The methodology behind the Financial-Responsibility Test has been criticized over the years. However this is not the place to pass judgment on the feds. The point to take away is that under the consistent application of a methodology, we come out looking bad yet again.
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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