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Breaking John Sloan Dickey’s Rule
Back in the day (before my day), President John sloan Dickey had a rule that the College could only preserve its undergraduate focus and character if 80% of the students in Hanover were undergrads. Today that statistical benchmark is long gone; now the Hanlon administration even boasts about the growth in the number of grad students:
Let’s do the math (and make some corrections for double counting): 550 PhD students; 300 Master’s candidates; 593 students at Tuck; 498 at Geisel, and 285 at Thayer. The total figures is actually 2,099 grad students according to the Dartmouth FactBook — juxtaposed against 4,410 undergrads.
President Dickey is rolling in his grave at the thought that almost one student in three (32.2% to be exact) in Hanover — as opposed to his rule of one in five (20%) — is a grad student.
In fact, we can no longer lay claim to having the most undergrad-centric student body in the Ivies. Brown wins on that score:
Our graduate student population has grown steadily since 2002:
Growth in the number of graduate students between 2002 and 2017 was 36.48%, whereas undergraduate growth was only 7.98% — and of that figure 5.53% occurred between 2002 and 2016, and the other 2.45% occured over the past academic year.
But, as a quick review of the infrastructure in Hanover shows, all this growth has not been matched by greater numbers of academic classrooms, labs and offices; increased dormitories, dining space and parking; and overall support for students and faculty. Successive administrations have made a hash of so much of the overcrowded campus. Will we ever see competence?
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
The College can easily reduce the percentage of graduate students to 28%. Just increase undergraduate enrollment to 5,510 (25%).
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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