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The type of 4+1 Masters in Management degree that Phil announced in his speech to the faculty two weeks ago was the subject of a recent article in the Financial Times. One-year management programs seem all the rage among business schools and the College is jumping — a little late — onto the bandwagon:
A degree in Hispanic linguistics does not spring to mind as an obvious passport to that all-important first job after college. So when Michelle McCarthy graduated with just such a qualification, she decided she needed a top-up business degree as well.
“I knew I wanted to go into business,” she says, “possibly in Latin-American business relations.” In May, she enrolled on the University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Master of Science in Business degree at the Mendoza school in Indiana…
The Kellogg school at Northwestern University in Chicago also starts a pre-experience degree this year, while Michigan Ross will launch a similar programme in 2014.
The Fuqua school at Duke University in North Carolina has taught its Master of Management Studies for several years…
Canadian schools such as Queen’s in Ontario, the Sauder school at the University of British Columbia and the Ivey school at the University of Western Ontario all now teach these pre-experience masters degrees.
The increase in numbers is borne out by statistics from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), which administers the GMAT entry test for business schools. According to GMAC, the number of GMAT test-takers who were under 24 years old - typical masters in management candidates - rose from about 70,000 in 2007-08 to more than 100,000 in 2011-12, rapidly closing on the number of GMAT test-takers aged between 24 and 30, which is the age of a typical MBA student.
Fairness dictates the statement that much of students’ current emphasis on business derives from the enormously high cost of a college education. Dropping a quarter of a million dollars on four years in Hanover doesn’t allow students much leeway in choosing a career. How sad. If Phil could get costs under control — if we could simply educate Dartmouth’s 6,144 students for the same total cost that Brown does for its 8,454 students (right now running Dartmouth costs about 10% more than running Brown, even though Brown has 38% more students), we could use the huge savings to cut the College’s annual tuition cost in half. Over to you, Phil.
Addendum: The FT ranks the top 70 Masters in Management programs for 2013 here. None are based in the U.S.
Hardly a day goes by without my newsfeed for Jim Kim announcing that he’s off to another country in a private jet. He’s expressing sympathy for typhoon victims or refugees or sufferers of famine, and he endlessly trumpets his resolve to make all of the world’s problems his very highest priority. When he meets with national leaders, a cheap loan or a funded project is invariably left in his wake.
Such largesse does not fall within the WB’s tradition of financing carefully planned, enduring infrastructure projects. But then my read is that Jim Kim, as during his time at Dartmouth, has a different agenda from his predecessors. He’s not thinking of his institution; he’s focused on himself. As Wills Begor ‘12 noted in his valedictory address in front of Kim:
[During Begor’s four years at Dartmouth] Dr. Jim Yong Kim became the 17th president of Dartmouth College, Jim Yong Kim became the president of the World Bank, and word on the street is he’s already looking for the next big job.
And what job would that be? My bet is that Kim is already lining up support to become the Secretary General of the United Nations. After the leadership of the World Bank, what job has less accountability and even more scope for slick talk to virgin audiences? Perfect for Kim. Let’s just hope that his goal is no more than his own shallow ambition. I would hate to see him the subject of a movie that refers obliquely to his brief time as Dartmouth’s President: The Hampshurian Candidate.
Addendum: For some vintage Kim, watch him flit from platitude to generality and then back again in this Wall Street Journal interview. He discusses the policies and initiatives necessary for global economic growth; disaster relief and climate change; economic prospects for women; and how billions of people need to be brought into modern financial systems — all in three minutes and twenty-four seconds. He sounds great, unless you know something about these subjects. Needless to say, inside the World Bank, staffers’ eyes are rolling.
Addendum: The parlor game du jour in Hanover is betting on who will flame out first: Jim Kim or Carol Folt. I am sorely afraid that neither of them will. If I am right, heaven help us. How many more of our leaders with glossy reputations are equally shallow and dishonest?
Addendum: Here is yesterday’s Google Alert for Kim:
World Bank President: Disaster Costs Ballooning…
Wall Street Journal
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim sits down with WSJ’s Sara Murray to discuss global growth, how climate change worsens natural disasters and economic …
The World Bank vs. Israeli settlements…
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (L). Photo: REUTERS. A newly-released report issued by the World Bank’s office for the “occupied Palestinian territories” …
World Bank report: Damages from extreme weather mount as …
Afrique en Ligue
Jim Kim, World Bank Group President, said the Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, had brought into sharp focus how climate …
World Bank’s Kim Urges Gradual Fed Tapering as Nations Prepare …
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said he hopes the Federal Reserve will exit its monetary stimulus bit by bit as he urged emerging markets to prepare for a …
World Bank’s Kim: Invest in Disaster Prevention …
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim talks about disaster aid, risk management and prevention. Kim, speaking with Betty Liu on Bloomberg …
No word yet on whether the World Bank will work to create a Great Issues course for the sophomore class at Dartmouth — an idea that Kim spoke about endlessly, but which he was unable to implement in two years and nine months in Hanover.
If you were quivering in anticipation before Phil’s big faculty meeting devoted to social life at the College, well, quiver no more. As we’ve observed before, Phil’s modus operandi seems to be to softly introduce new policies well prior to any official announcement. In this case, last Thursday’s release of the Committee on Student Safety and Accountability report told you all that you would learn at Monday’s faculty meeting. The D reported on it here.
The significant missing piece at the faculty meeting was some comment on the ongoing “find any pretext” enforcement program against certain frats. Using slight excuses, the College has effectively shut down Beta and TDX for offences that would have not made anyone blink last year. A boxing club? Water in the basement? Loud music out the windows? And so on. Phil had nothing to say on Monday about Kate Burke’s harm offensive.
Otherwise, with one wonderful exception, we heard at some length about policies that have been discussed many times before about ways to protect vulnerable students and offer social alternatives to the frats: bystander intervention, survivor counseling, Collis After Dark, the “arts district,” the entrepreneurship center, affinity houses, the Intergroup Dialogue Method (a sort of encounter group for students), and the BASICS alcohol management program. Not much new there.
However, to the delight of many Dartblog readers, Phil did come out strongly in support of dorm continuity:
The fundamental challenge to building community in our residence halls is continuity. Students do not have the option to return to their current residence halls after a leave term. Why can’t they? The reason we can’t offer that right now is that there is no slack in our housing during the fall and spring terms. Without that slack in housing, we can’t assure that there is room in individual residence halls to accommodate everyone who might want the right to return. I’m persuaded that Dartmouth would benefit from a more balanced enrollment over the four terms, so that we can, amongst other things, allow students greater opportunity to remain in a particular residence hall from term to term, to build identity with a residence hall and a circle of friends in a community.
Decisions have yet to be made regarding the composition of dorms: mixed class, as in my day, or freshmen-only dorms and upperclass dorms. As regards balancing/reducing the number of students on campus during fall and spring terms, no specific strategies were proposed. In the past, I have suggested moving fraternity rush to winter term (as was the case for many years) and increasing off-campus programs so that all students have a foreign experience.
Phil did mention increasing the number of students on campus for the summer term, and even revamping the summer program itself. He described the term as an “underutilized opportunity” — as Jim Wright, Jim Kim and Carol Folt have also done in past years.
In addition, Phil recommended that professors get involved in social issues:
Charlotte’s team is working to develop training for faculty and staff on how to be a first responder to a sexual assault, in other words, how to advise a student, a survivor, how to direct them, when you are the first person that they confide in. So consider volunteering for that training. Become more involved in student organizations, particularly those that provide experiential learning for students in an area of your scholarly interest and expertise. Help develop programming for the new theme-based residence halls as we begin to put those on line. And help us with the instructional implications of bringing greater balance to enrollments, including rethinking the time that you are offering courses. You can help with that.
There was substantial, if polite, pushback to this idea among faculty members at the meeting. One questioner opined, “Faculty at Harvard are not being asked to take courses about motivational interviewing.” Phil will have a tough row to hoe in eliciting much involvement in this area, especially after he urged the faculty only two weeks ago to up their research efforts in cooperation with his Society of Fellows postdoctoral program.
All in all, many of these ideas have been around the track more than once. Phil Hanlon has taken a scattershot approach to the College’s socials woes. Will he have the resolve to bring any of these proposals home?
Addendum: For readers who have been around Hanover for a while, Phil’s remarks might lead them to recall these words:
We identified five principles that should characterize the out-of-classroom experience for our students. These included offering greater choice and continuity in residential living, as well as improved residential space; providing additional and improved social space controlled by students; creating a substantially coeducational and inclusive system; reducing the number of students living off campus; and reducing the abuse and unsafe use of alcohol.
The committee recommends a further change that may minimize the extent of the building program required to achieve continuity and the amount of time needed to carry it out. This would involve the College developing programs to attract more enrollment to winter and summer terms, and shift some enrollment away from fall term.
Stumped? Jim Wright’s Student Life Initiative of 1999.
There was a time not too long ago when the College had confidence in itself, when the word college was put forth as evidence that we were proudly different from all the Ivy universities: Dartmouth College was the only college in the Ivy League. By that we meant that the institution’s focus was unrelentingly on the undergraduate program; our undergrads (who outnumbered grad students by 4:1, not 2:1 like today) would not be slighted by a disproportionate focus on graduate schools. What a great message!
Today most of the Admissions Department’s webpages don’t even employ the word college. The folks in Admissions eagerly want everyone to know that we are “an Ivy League university,” too. We really are!!!
On the same webpage above, Admissions puts forward the figure that Dartmouth does “over $200 million in funded research.” Where does that figure come? Not from the annual financials. The 2012 annual report notes that we did $173,554,000 of sponsored research in 2012 and $179,811,00 in 2011:
According to the 2010 annual report, funded research amounted to $168,130,000 in 2009 and $172,638,000 in 2008:
None of these figures comes even close to $200 million.
Finally, as we saw in a recent post, the College’s foreign study programs just ain’t what they used to be. For the Class of 2013, programs led by members of the Dartmouth faculty involved only 48% of the student body, and even if you add the extra 10% of students who participated in often cut-rate, non-Dartmouth programs, you only get to 58% of undergrads:
Lots of sloppiness all around the Admissions department’s webpage.
Addendum: Despite the declining LSA/FSP numbers, Dartmouth Now ran a big story last week vaunting the College’s overseas programs. No word, however, on the declining overall numbers and the trend among undergrads to attend programs run by schools like Portland State:
Dartmouth Leads the Ivies in Study Abroad
Dartmouth is the top-ranked Ivy League institution and sixth overall among doctorate-granting institutions for percentage of undergraduates studying abroad, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education’s 2013 this week.
More than 64 percent of Dartmouth’s Class of 2011 studied abroad…
The Class of 2011? How about some updated figures? Like the ones above?
From the plus ça change, plus ça reste le même department, a faithful reader shares a copy of an article from Esquire Magazine that excoriates the College for the usual sins. Date: June 19, 1979. Title: Hanging On (By a Jockstrap) To Tradition at Dartmouth. The tradition, that is, of the male chauvinist pig.
It’s all in there, folks. The frats are racist, misogynist, anti-intellectual, destructive of young minds and property, socially monopolistic, soaked in beer, etc. SAE is held up to ridicule for events in a film about Hell Night and other rituals that Andrew Lohse or Rolling Stone would recognize:
Diligent followers of this space will have noted that the flooded basement referred to in this excerpt harkens forward to one of TDX’s cardinal sins. What was Kate Burke concerned about? Germs? They didn’t seem to harm the brothers in 1979.
The Esquire article is like déjà vu all over again. Classes were even shut down for a day of reflection in 1979, and student protesters got hatemail (via the post office, not Bored@Baker). The only significant difference from today’s controversies is that back then, as the article notes, only 53% of upperclassmen were members of fraternities and sororities, as opposed to 70% today.
The small tasting room in Brussels at 11 rue de la Madeleine is the home of the Champagnothèque, a space devoted to the ongoing revolution in the Champagne region. Unlike other wine-growing regions of France, where the signature taste and soul of each terroir expresses itself individually under the appellation controlée system, the majority of Champagne is sold by the Grandes Marques, the great houses like Moët, Roederer, and Pommery, that blend grapes from different parcels of land and different vintages. However, a new generation of young vignerons and vigneronnes has decided not to sell grapes from the family vineyards to the large houses; they are making wine themselves. Using grapes from small parcels, usually around a single village, these récoltant-manipulants (harvesters/winemakers) are producing wines of individual character that leave the industrial product of the big producers by the wayside.
Most Champagnes are a combination of three grapes — chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier — and you do the nobility of these wines a disservice if you only drink them as an apéritif. Enjoy Champagne throughout a meal; it marries with almost any food, save red meat, and it is particularly lovely and versatile with modern, creative cuisine.
Despite all of Dean Johnson’s efforts, the College still pulls the state of New Hampshire along (or is it the other way around?) in an unrelenting quest to be the top beer-consuming state in the Union, at least on a per capita basis. To date, NH is only #2.
According to the Beer Institute’s authoritative figures, North Dakota is #1. My classmate John Hoeven ‘79 is the senior Senator there, having previously been the governor. I have not discovered any sort of legislation out of Bismarck that mandates extra beer consumption by North Dakotans in order to beat NH — but I’ll keep looking.
Addendum: If North Dakota and New Hampshire were independent nations, they would have the highest rate of beer consumption/capita in the world. The top countries today are the Czech Republic (34.9 gallons), Germany (28.6 gallons), and Austria (28.0 gallons). The United States as a whole ranks #12 at 20.6 gallons.
Addendum: An informed reader writes in:
My hunch, as someone who grew up in southern NH and whose parents still live there, is that much of the beer “consumed” in NH is purchased by Massachusetts residents who drive north to avoid sales tax and the bottle deposit.
A numbers of readers have wondered how Burke & Co. could suspend Beta based solely on documents purporting to describe pledge initiation rights (including spraying champagne at pledges!). Well, as it turns out, the documents themselves are not at issue. Rather, the house’s Beta Boxing event is the gravamen of Burke’s charge — she purportedly wants to keep the house safe.
What nonsense. At an academic institution, one would expect at least a bow to honesty and intellectual consistency. Beta Boxing was a fun event that never led to injuries, was never complained about, and was more in the spirit of parody than anything else. It has been going on for thirty years. But, then, with Burke, a pretext is as good as a reason.
Of course, we might also ask if Beta Boxing is more dangerous than most of the sports practiced by the College’s varsity and intramural teams
Rumors are flying around that, along with TDX, AD and Heorot have been targeted by Burquemada. Clearly there is something afoot in the administration. I hope that the Greek Presidents are sharing their experiences with each other. It is possible that the fraternity/sorority system is being attacked across a broad front, and we don’t even know it yet.
Addendum: After generations of having parties open to anyone on campus, a number of houses are now looking at having fixed guest lists. Can snooty, Princeton-like exclusivity be far off — instead of Dartmouth’s traditional openness — due to pressure from the administration?
Addendum: I have been unable to confirm rumors that several Greek houses have been charged with having members jaywalk in Hanover, having messy rooms, failure to do laundry, and also bringing back library books after the return deadline when they were in grade school. Kate Burke sees such moral delinquency as infecting entire Greek houses.
So Kate Burke is out of control. What’s new? The bigger question that we should ask is what the persecution — not prosecution, thank you — of TDX (and Beta) portend for Phil Hanlon’s announcement to the faculty on Monday afternoon regarding his new student life policy. The Greek system could be in for more frontier justice than we’ve seen in the past, and that is saying something.
Just what crimes was TDX accused of committing? Let’s review each of the five charges, and look at TDX’s response to them. These accusations were the core of a 63-page quasi-indictment prepared by the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office. TDX was given eight days to respond to the charges.
The excerpts below were written by TDX’s President and sent to Alexandra Waltemeyer, the UJAO Hearing Officer (though Kate Burke was running the show).
Charge 1. Playing loud music, being told to turn down the music, and then having to be told a second time.
Commentary: TDX was found guilt of this charge. Given that the Hanover police returned to the house a second time, the house was issued a notice of violation, and it paid a small fine. Come again? Loud music on Green Key weekend coming from a Dartmouth frat is part of a set of charges leading to the effective shutdown of the house?
Charge 2. Putting in a Good Sam call for an intoxicated student.
Commentary: The College’s Good Sam policy is clear:
Students and/or organizations that seek assistance from these sources, the individual assisted, and others involved will not be subject to College disciplinary action with respect to the alcohol policy. [Emphasis added]
This charge against TDX was thrown out.
Charge 3. Having water on the basement floor, and making a second Good Sam all.
Commentary: Water (and not beer) on the basement floor? Heaven forfend. The house had been punished for holding a water party — a longstanding TDX tradition — in the summer of 2011, before any of the current members were in the house. And wherein lies the harm in a water party?
The second Good Sam charge was also thrown out.
Charge 4. Setting off a fire alarm, ostensibly due to marijuana smoke in a third floor bedroom, and holding an unregistered party.
Commentary: Smoking in a boy’s room? Now there’s a shocker. Holding an unregistered party is also an infraction on College rules, but does the penalty match the crime?
Charge 5. Serving alcohol to a 20-year-old brother in TDX. State law deems a 20-year-old a minor for the purpose of serving alcohol.
Commentary: This one is a little more complicated. There was an initial accusation of a DUI. Though the Town alleged that the the offending brother had consumed alcohol at the house, TDX denied it. A vodka bottle and receipt were found in the back seat of his car. After discussion with the house and a review of the evidence, the Town reduced the charge to reckless driving, and it offered to settle the case against TDX in exchange for having the house pay a small fine and perform community service. The house accepted this settlement.
What should our conclusion be here? Witch Hunt? Star Chamber? Kafka’s Trial? Clearly the punishment meted out for de minimis infractions that regularly occur in virtually every house on campus, and in most dorms, too, is utterly disproportionate to the violations. One only has to compare this situation to the sanctions imposed on Alpha Phi Alpha for physically violent hazing. In TDX’s case, the infractions were of far less import, and the punishment infinitely greater. It’s not hard to see that the College is acting unjustly here. Shame on the administration.
Kate Burke is undoubtedly executing the kind of harsh enforcement for which Charlotte Johnson was known at Colgate. But are they both doing Phil’s bidding? We’ll find out on Monday.
Addendum: David Brooks ‘15 summarized the charges against his fraternity in a piece in The D.
The D reported today on the College’s sanctions against TDX. Here is the UJAO sanctions letter:
In The D’s piece, College spokesman Justin Anderson was described as making several assertions about TDX:
Theta Delt will be placed on social probation until June 2015 and will then face a year of College probation, during which the fraternity will be able to host social events with alcohol, College spokesperson Justin Anderson said.
Anderson suggested that underage drinking was a possible reason for the sanctions.
This latter comment is not correct. The charges against TDX were a grab-bag of flimsy violations. I’ll have more details on Burke’s accusations tomorrow, but it is worth noting immediately that with only a little effort, Dean Burke could attack every Greek organization on campus in the same way that she has railroaded TDX. Is that where Dartmouth is going under Phil Hanlon?
Addendum: Many alums have written in about the goring of TDX. Here’s one comment:
“Two roads diverged in a wood …” (Frost was a Lodge-boy, at least for a little while.)
Theta Delta Chi should cut to the chase and de-recognize the College. Seriously. Cut the cord — lawyer-up, contemplate life without the College’s administrative goodies (billing system, insurance policy, etc.) and pursue a dignified, independent existence. Failing that, put the house property itself into a “deep freeze” — say, as a Section 8 rental, to cover upkeep and taxes — and wait for a better day. And if that day never comes, at least the brotherhood will not have been complicit in its own degradation. Better oblivion than to kowtow, in futility, to bad faith commissars who will never let up.
“Change comes naturally to me,” she said. “I certainly wouldn’t have flourished if I wanted to keep doing it the same way.”
Folt emphasized the struggles women still face in rising to positions of leadership, citing her own experience at Dartmouth College.
Personally I’d attribute Carol’s rise in the Dartmouth hierarchy to — using Richard Gere’s phrase from Pretty Woman — “some major sucking up.” Her only accomplishment as Dean of the Faculty/Provost was compressing the D-Plan calendar ever more so that people can go home before Thanksgiving. Not much to point to after three decades in Hanover. Of course, you may think that the now-forgotten strategic plan is an accomplishment. That’s your right.
In a recent talk at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she made the above statements, Folt laid out an, um, bold blueprint for change, as reported by the Daily Tar Heel:
Folt said there are three things UNC needs to do to keep up with the education’s current revolution.
The first is that the University must be aware of the exceptional people who are there…
Folt also said UNC must create an extraordinary learning environment, which could be accomplished by focusing on the breadth, depth and practice of UNC’s liberal arts curriculum.
“Our faculty now not only create and teach, but also apply,” she said.
Folt described the current generation as pragmatic idealists who need solid skills, while still being capable of blurring the lines between departments and regions.
Finally, Folt said UNC needs to define being a public university while also being a great one.
“The University is mostly funded by the federal government, tuition and philanthropy,” she said.
She said if UNC is asking alumni for support, then it must use the money to keep UNC’s learning experience relevant and modern.
Gimme a break. Where are the boots-on-the-ground initiatives here? These “things UNC needs to do” are no more than Carol’s usual support-the-status-quo, I-have-no-ideas platitudes. At best, she wants UNC to do more rah-rah PR. That’s a pose she learned from Jim Wright.
Addendum: To be fair, one cannot say that Carol has done nothing at UNC:
When Carol Folt was sworn in as chancellor last month, she said the University must tell its stories better.
And with the hiring of UNC’s first-ever vice chancellor for communications and public affairs, the University aims to do just that.
UNC announced Monday that Joel Curran, who has worked in public relations for major companies such as Walt Disney Co., would start the job Dec. 2, making an annual salary of $300,000.
No wonder she has flourished.
Beating Andrew Lohse to the punch in detailing his years of beer-soaked pong playing at the College, Crispus Knight ‘03 has written a book that will not add to the College’s luster: Three for Ship: A Swan Song to Dartmouth Beer Pong. Here is his recipe:
1. Take one “young man who scored in the 98th percentile on his college entrance examination boards with no Kaplan classes or even serious prep work beyond a few home administered practice tests. A student enrolled in all honors and AP classes who finished with near a 100% weighted average. A national merit scholar and AP artist who had never been drunk or done drugs of any sort right up through his senior year of high school.”
2. Add a college where the social pressures to drink, drink and be merry are such that beer and pong trump classes every time.
3. Bake for a few years and you will end up with a dissolute alcoholic who flunks out.
That said, Knight did eventually earn his degree. Should culture, if not history, repeat itself, he will undoubtedly become a U.S. Senator.
Addendum: The chickens of several decades of mis-administration are coming home to roost. Ask the mothers of America if they want their children to study at the College after reading books like Knight’s, not to mention the recent nasty NYT article, which is the first thing to come up if you do a search for “Dartmouth” on the Times’ website:
Needless to say, the administration is terrified that this kind of publicity is going to hammer applications again this year. As a result, Admissions is pressing hard to get students, anyone!, to apply to the College. The Huff Post reports:
“Jeffrey, you deserve a one-of-a-kind college experience.”
“Jeffrey, what will you do after Dartmouth?”
“Jeffrey, simple acts can have extraordinary results.”
For six weeks starting in the middle of August, the office of admissions at Dartmouth College sent email messages like this to my son Jeff, a soon-to-be high school senior, inviting him to join the college mailing list and sign up for a campus tour…
“Mom, I can’t get into Dartmouth,” my son said. And he’s right. Jeff is a white kid living in a well-off New Jersey suburb. He’s not a jock, has no family legacy at Dartmouth, has never visited the school, and has combined SAT/GPA scores that fall comfortably outside the college’s lofty admissions standards…
[A Dartmouth] admissions officer who spoke to me explained that Dartmouth’s pitches were designed to make sure they got the most talented applicant pool. Was there some kind of baseline criteria, some minimum SAT or PSAT score that Dartmouth used to determine who they’d go after? “We don’t share that information,” she said, directing me to the public affairs desk.
But first I decided to check with a colleague I’ll call Adam, a college counsellor at a prestigious private high school. He had a less benevolent explanation for Dartmouth’s recruiting drive. Last year, Dartmouth was the only Ivy to have a higher acceptance rate in 2013 over the previous year; it took about 10 percent of its 22,416 applicants, compared to 9.43 percent in 2012. In short, Dartmouth was the lone Ivy to be ever-so-slightly less selective last year than the year before, having received fewer applications. “Once I saw that, I guaranteed that Dartmouth would triple its marketing and recruiting budget,” Adam said.
Why does that tiny shift in selectivity matter so much, particularly given the flood of applications elite colleges like Dartmouth receive — roughly double the number of applications it took in just 10 years ago? As with most of the nonsense that drives college admissions, it all goes back to the U.S. News and World Report rankings. “Colleges are looking for applicants because it helps their U.S. News numbers,” Marilee Jones, the former Dean of Admissions at MIT, told me. [Emphasis added]
Addendum: The D is now reporting that Early Decision applications rose 6.7% this year.
The charnel house of Verdun and the broad slaughter of WWI is most touchingly felt in the churches and central square monuments of towns in rural France.
The market town of Le Bugue in the Dordogne region (think 20,000-40,000-year-old cave paintings, foie gras and truffles) had a population of approximately 2,750 people during the Great War, in which it lost 78 of its sons. That would be the equivalent of America losing 8.5 million soldiers in a war today — we lost 58,209 people in Vietnam, 116,516 in WWI, and 405,399 in WWII. That said, Le Bugue got off easy: it lost 2.84% of its population. France had 1,697,8000 military deaths out of a population of 39,600,000 — 4.29%.
Addendum: The inscription refers to Le Bugue’s “enfants morts pour la France” — its children who died for France. Even the grittiest combatant was someone’s child.
In Phil’s speech to the faculty last week, he talked about the hard work of setting spending priorities for the College in order to fund new initiatives:
We will need to self-invest as well by prioritizing all the activities we do and freeing up resources from those that are least effective or of lowest priority for investment in excellence and new initiatives. This is what any truly successful organization does, and we will need to do this as well.
This is my call to action in this area. Prioritization is difficult work. We need to do it together.
Meanwhile, the scope of the staff’s beyond-generous benefits package just increased again:
Memo to: The left hand
Re: Please talk to the right hand.
Geez. The College has survived for 244 years without the need for MD-bearing psychiatrists to help members of the staff manage their intake of medication. One might think that we could last another little while without this costly service.
Let ‘em know:
From: Inter-Community Council
Date: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM
Subject: LAST CHANCE: Give your opinion on Res Life to the Administration
Currently President Hanlon and the Deans are discussing making changes to residential life. To help make sure the changes that are made match student needs and interests the Inter-Community Council is conducting a survey and will be sending the results to the administration.
Please fill out this SHORT (mostly checkboxes) survey to help make sure the changes you want to see are made!
Take the survey.
I have written repeatedly about this easy improvement to College life.
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…