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Hanlon Debases the Coin of the Realm
Each year the University of Michigan website contains a summary of the Provost’s Report to the University’s Regents (its Trustees). The document includes details on many aspects of the school where progress has been made over past years. The 2016/2017 report notes proudly that the student:faculty ratio has improved and the number of small classes has increased — but only since Phil Hanlon left Ann Arbor for Hanover in the first half of 2013. His successor, Martha Pollock ‘79, turned around a pair of negative trends:
The numbers may be small, but given that Michigan has close to 29,000 undergraduates, changing the student:faculty ratio for the worse requires a real increase in the number of students and/or a consequential decrease in the number of faculty members.
I am not fond of the term “inflection point” — one of Jim Kim’s favorite buzz phrases — but it is hard not to conclude that things started to look up for Michigan’s undergraduates once Phil left the school.
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…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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