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Why We Can Be a Research College
In a word: money. In this NYT-derived chart, we have listed the Ivies by their generosity in financially aiding lower income students. As far as Dartmouth goes, not so good, right? We are sixth in the rankings, not only after HYP, but also lagging behind Columbia and Brown:
But let’s reshuffle the deck and order the Ivies by endowment per student. Now we are a solid fourth after HYP, and far richer than the lower four Ivies: Penn, Columbia, Brown and Cornell:
Your first conclusion should be how tight-fisted we are in sharing the bounty of our huge endowment with needy families. The second one is how much wealthier we are than the non-HYP schools. How can, say, Columbia do big science (and admit more kids from poor families) and we supposedly can’t, when we have well over double the endowment per student of the Manhattan-dwelling school.
One day the College will have a real President, one who will focus on education rather than social welfare. What a glorious school we will become when that person trims all the fat and applies the huge savings to the faculty and students.
Addendum: As I have written repeatedly, if we could educate our students for the same per student cost as Brown, we’d free up approximately $250 million/year from the budget — about a quarter of all spending. That’s the equivalent of adding $5.0 billion to the endowment. You could pay for a great many laboratories with that kind of money — let alone refurbished dorms, competitive salaries for professors, and a raft of innovative programs that would interest the whole world in a Dartmouth education.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Your financial analysis is spot on. I can never understand how these idiots who claim to know how to run a non-profit institution of higher learning don’t have a clue about financial mgmt. I personally think someone other than the higher-ups in the administration, those overeducated and self appointed experts in all things, should never be allowed to handle the money. That’s what the Board should be doing…OOPS…I forgot they have packed the Board with like-minded souls.
The first rule in management should always be accountability. Why is there none at Dartmouth? As I’ve said before… IT TAKES GREAT TEACHERS AND GREAT STUDENTS TO MAKE A GREAT SCHOOL. EVERYONE ELSE IS AN EMPLOYEE.
Somebody has to tell it like it is.
Thanks for all you do. It’s a labor of love.
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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