Tag Archive: Dartmouth

  1. Title IX investigation launched at Dartmouth

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    The Department of Education has launched an investigation into Title IX compliance at Dartmouth on its own accord, The Dartmouth  reported on Tuesday.

    The investigation — which was not prompted by a complainant — opened in May, the same month that a group of more than 30 Dartmouth students and alumni filed a complaint alleging the college had not adhered to Clery Act regulations regarding the tracking and disclosure of campus crimes, including sex offenses. Students and alumni involved said they had also been interested in filing a Title IX complaint, according to The Dartmouth.

    The Department of Education has not provided a reason for why a Title IX investigation was opened, according to Bloomberg.

    In the past year, a growing number of universities — including Occidental College, Swarthmore College and the University of North Carolina — have come under DOE scrutiny for violating Title IX regulations regarding  sexual misconduct resources.

    The DOE’s Title IX investigation of Yale concluded after a 15-month investigation in 2012. The University entered a voluntary resolution agreement with the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in which it agreed to uphold its sexual misconduct prevention and response programs and report regularly to the OCR. Over the course of its investigation, the OCR found that Yale had underreported incidents of sexual harassment and violence and did not effectively inform students of sexual misconduct resources.

    In April, Yale was fined $155,000 for failing to adhere to Clery Act reporting standards for campus crime, including four instances of sex offense. According to Bloomberg, the DOE has also launched a Title IX investigation at the University of Southern California.

  2. Deputy provost named Dartmouth charter trustee

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    Emily Bakemeier, deputy provost for arts and humanities, was named a charter trustee for Dartmouth College on Friday.

    Bakemeier, who graduated from Dartmouth in 1982, was on the search committee last year for Dartmouth’s new president, Philip Hanlon, and served as the youngest and first female president of the Darmouth Alumni Council in the early 1990s.

    Bakemeier will succeed Marye Anne Fox, the former chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, who is stepping down from the Dartmouth Board of Trustees for family and health reasons, according to Dartmouth’s student newspaper.

    As deputy provost, Bakemeier is responsible for overseeing Yale’s Humanities departments and programs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as Yale’s professional schools for Art, Architecture, Drama, Music and Divinity. She has an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton and specializes in early modern European art.

  3. Ivies, Stanford, MIT post record-low admit rates

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    It’s that time of year again — several colleges released their admissions decisions this week, sending hundreds of thousands of anxious high school students into either incredible elation or crushing disappointment.

    Seven out of the eight Ivy League schools posted all-time low acceptance rates for the class of 2017 yesterday, making for the most competitive admissions cycle in history. Yale accepted a record-low of 6.72 percent of its 29,610 applicant pool, and Harvard — the only Ivy more selective than Yale this year — saw its acceptance rate plummet down to a mere 5.79 percent.

    Columbia and Princeton reported rates of 6.89 percent and 7.29 percent, respectively, while Cornell, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania posted rates of 15.15 percent, 9.16 percent and 12.1 percent.

    The only Ivy League institution that reported an increase in its acceptance rate this year was Dartmouth, rising from 9.43 percent in 2012 to 10 percent yesterday.

    Outside of the Ivy cluster, MIT also reported an all-time low acceptance rate, admitting just 8.3 percent of its applicant pool. Over on the opposite coast, Stanford announced today that it accepted only 5.69 percent of its applicants — 2,210 students from a pool of 38,828 applications.

    The record-low admission rates this year continue the trend of increasing selectivity at top colleges nationwide. Experts interviewed were divided on the question of whether or not this trend will continue into future years.

  4. Dartmouth to stop offering credit for AP scores

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    Dishing out mountains of cash for AP exams may soon become a thing of the past.

    Beginning in fall of 2014, Dartmouth will no longer exchange AP scores for credit in any subject. The policy change, which will affect Dartmouth’s class of 2018 first, came after the school’s Psychology Department conducted an experiment on an incoming group of former AP Psychology students who received a 5 on the AP exam, which would have allowed them to place out of “Psychology 1.” The results of the test, though, demonstrated otherwise: 90 percent of students failed the exam.

    “For a better part of a decade members of the Committee on Instruction have been recommending that Dartmouth discontinue its practice of offering course credit for pre-matriculation credit offered by examination,” said Meredith Braz, registrar of Dartmouth College, in an email. She added that AP scores will still be used to evaluate proficiency for class placement and exemptions from introductory-level classes.

    According to Yale College Dean Mary Miller, Dartmouth’s new AP score policy is essentially the same as Yale’s, which does not accept AP scores for credit but instead uses the results for placement as determined by each department.

  5. Dartmouth announces UMichigan provost as college’s next president

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    Dartmouth College announced today that Philip Hanlon, the current provost at the University of Michigan, will be the New Hampshire school’s new president.

    Hanlon’s appointment and transition from provost to president-elect comes just three weeks after the Yale Corporation announced Provost Peter Salovey as the next Yale president. Salovey will begin his term on June 30 as the University’s 23rd president.

    Dartmouth Provost Carol Folt, the interim president, will return to her position in the fall when Hanlon, a Dartmouth alumnus who graduated in 1977, takes the helm. In addition to fulfilling his duties as president, Hanlon hopes to teach within the college’s Mathematics Department.

    Of the three Ivy League Schools conducting presidential searches at the start of the academic year — Dartmouth, Yale and Princeton — Princeton remains the only university that has yet to announce a president.

    The search for Dartmouth’s new president began April 2011 after then-Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim stepped down to lead the World Bank.

  6. Three Ivies release early application numbers

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    Dartmouth, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania have all released their early application numbers for the Class of 2017.

    The University of Pennsylvania saw its early applicant pool reach an all-time high, with 4,780 students applying, up 5.6 percent from last year. Brown’s early applicant pool rose about 1 percent, reaching a record number of 2,957 applications. Dartmouth received 1,526 applications, a sharp 12.5 percent decrease from the number of early applications it received last year.

    According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn will still accept the same number of early decision applications as in the past despite its increase in applications.

    Eric Furda, dean of admissions at Penn, said he was not expecting the rise of applications, though he added that he was pleasantly surprised by the high turnout. Penn changed its application this year by adding a new essay question.

    The Brown Daily Herald reported that Brown’s number of applications is consistent with the steady rise in applications over the years. But according to Dean of Admissions Jim Miller, there will likely be a leveling-off in the near future.

    Dartmouth’s decline in early applications represents a move in the opposite direction of the school’s recent trends, according to The Dartmouth. Since the Class of 2011, early applications had been on the rise.

    Dartmouth Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris said this year’s pool also includes increased numbers of applicants with higher overall standardized test scores, applicants from diverse backgrounds and international applicants.

    All three schools extended their traditional early application deadlines of Nov. 1 by several days this year, in the wake of power outages and school closings caused by Hurricane Sandy.

    Early application counts for Cornell, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard and Yale have not yet been released.