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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:
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.
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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