Voices in the Wilderness

A forum for discussion of all things Dartmouth.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

"A Research University in All but Name" - James Wright

Is that really what Dartmouth is? To be frank, we would say the answer is no.

Is that what we want to be? We would again say a thousand times no, but an honest debate could be had on the subject. With that in mind, consider the following.

If you want to understand what concerns people about the direction Dartmouth is taking in building graduate programs to become a research university, and the possible effects on the quality of undergraduate life and academics, read today’s article in the Boston Globe (see link here). Evidently, Harvard is having problems with undergraduates feeling lack of attention from professors who focus too much on their graduate programs, and lack of a social life (to wit, no fraternities). Does this sound like something Dartmouth should emulate?