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Improve Those Crummy Classrooms

Interim-Provost Dave Kotz ‘86 is getting the work done that erstwhile-Provost Carolyn Dever (do you remember her? I hardly do, either) should have been doing during her interminable warming of the Provost’s chair. Phil has been in Hanover for five years now, and finally, finally, someone is going to work on upgrading Dartmouth’s many decrepit classrooms and offices. Well not actually “work” — but, at least, asking around about the state of things:

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Perhaps the administration was spurred on by the recent Task Force report on growing the College. That pull-no-punches document listed the following elements of Dartmouth’s infrastructure as being in need of immediate renovation and expansion: classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, academic gathering areas, dormitories, dining facilities, parking lots, libraries, the academic Testing Center, the Hopkins Center and its performance spaces and workshops, and the buildings housing student support services.

In other words, the whole place. Let the building begin (and shame on the last two decades’ Presidents who let the College molder while funding a huge bureaucracy).

Will the Trustees only wake up when the place falls down around their ears?

Addendum: The link in the above screenshot takes you to a Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning report by Elli Goudzwaard that describes how the quality of a classroom environment has a material effect on learning. Point taken.

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