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“One Reason the Faculty Deeply Distrusts the Hanlon Administration”
A highly regarded member of the faculty writes in (I have added links to the missive):
One reason the faculty deeply distrusts the Hanlon Administration is that they contradict themselves about their plans and decision processes in a manner that suggests duplicity. For example, in the letter that Christianne Wohlforth sent to alumni, she tried to assure the Dartmouth community that no decision had been made regarding expansion. “The best way to [explore] whether we should expand, is to first ask, if we did, what would be the costs and opportunities? This is the work of the Task Force,” according to Wohlforth.
But her assertion contradicts what we have already been told is the charge of the Task Force. As you reported on Nov. 8, Elizabeth Smith (the Task Force’s co-chair) stated: “Our charge is to look at how — not whether — to expand enrollment.” And “We want to collect insight and deeply consider how aspects of the Dartmouth experience could be preserved and possibly even enhanced if a decision were made to enlarge the student body.” In other words, the Task Force is tasked with identifying potential benefits of expansion, not weighing “costs and opportunities” as Wohlforth claims.
Smith’s description of the Task Force’s charge does not seem to be a mis-statement. As you reported, in the October faculty meeting, Hanlon responded to Professor Steve Brooks’ critiques of expansion and the Task Force by saying: “Just as a factual error. Cost is not even anywhere in the charge of this task force.” In other words, the task force is not charged with weighing the costs and benefits of expansion.
When the administration seeks to assure people with information that we know is false, it has the opposite effect: it increases concerns and suspicion. Those suspicions are merited in this case. While it might be true that “no decision ha[s] been made”, the Administration is setting up the process to selectively gather the information they need to push this proposal through. Students, alums, and faculty who oppose this effort should do so now, rather than wait to be told that “It’s too late, the Trustees have signed off.”
Addendum: The faculty needs to chant in unison:
And the best way to do so would be to have fifty or more professors put forward a group motion of no-confidence two weeks before the next faculty meeting, and then have another fifty faculty members line up to second it. The motion itself could follow the simple text chosen by Harvard’s professors in regard to Larry Summers:
The Faculty lacks confidence in the leadership of Philip J. Hanlon
The winter 2018 faculty meeting on February 26 would be a good time.
Note: The Harvard vote took place by secret ballot.
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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