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Phil: Watch What I Say, Not What I Do

As we have noted, the faculty is openly distrustful of Phil Hanlon — a more elegant way of saying that our professors don’t believe that Phil tells the truth. His dissembling about the reasons for increasing the size of the student body by 10-25% has eyes rolling.

Beyond that point, his explanation for the proposed 750-bed dorm complex in College Park is a howler. At the November 13 faculty meeting, Phil said that these dormitories will serve simply as swing space to allow the renovation of existing rundown dorms. Ha! Dorms comprising 750 new beds just happen to amount to an increase in the College’s housing stock of 22.3% (on top of the 3,363 beds presently available). Funny how close that figure is to 25%, isn’t it?

Of course, there’s more. A professor writes in with another observation:

Among international undergraduate students, Dartmouth long had an outsized reputation and draw due to the fact that it was of one of just a handful of schools that admitted foreign students on the basis of talent without regard to their ability to pay. The net result is that Dartmouth’s overall roster of foreign students long was truly amazing, with lots and lots of students being exactly the kind of people that were likely to go on and have “impact” in the world.

Well, Phil decided a few years ago to wipe away this comparative advantage and switch Dartmouth’s admissions process for foreign students to be just like virtually all other schools — an approach which views foreign students first and foremost as a form of revenue. Needless to say, if Phil really was interested in maximizing Dartmouth’s impact — and not its revenue — then he would not have made this shift.

Will someone on the faculty please summon the nerve to put forward a no-confidence motion? If a courageous professor did so, I’d lay odds that the vote would run at least 80-20 against Pheckless Phil (probably 90-10, really, but I need a little margin for error if I am betting on the outcome).

Addendum: The administration announced the end of need-blind financial aid for international students in 2015. Fortunately for the members of the Class of 2017, they were admitted without the Admissions department looking at their ability to pay. Three out of the four valedictorians this past June were international students.

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