Saturday, April 05, 2008

Dartmouth Parity

The website for the AoA petition candidates is now up and running. It can be found here, at dartmouthparity.com. A short excerpt from their statement:

Looking back to the second half of the 19th century, however, no one would have predicted this. The College was very small, and getting deeper and deeper into trouble. Many of the other private colleges that date from this era – e.g., Bowdoin (1794); Union (1795); Hamilton (1812); Colgate (1819); Trinity (1823) – were equal or superior to Dartmouth. These are all very fine schools, but the simple fact is that today Dartmouth has surpassed them all – Dartmouth is on another level.

So how do we explain this reach for greatness by Dartmouth? We believe that there have been two basic reasons, and they both date from the same moment in history. One is outstanding leadership; the other is an unusual, intense level of alumni support and participation in the life and future of the College.

24 comments:

John Bruce said...

I'm highly ambivalent about this whose situation. It might in fact be to the College's benefit to expand the number of non-alumni elected seats on the Board, insofar as these would be clearly expected to ante up with major donations. I'm not sure what the benefit is of having half the seats elected by alumni in any case, if those members are normally indistinguishable from Charter trustees, as they typically have been.

On the other hand, it seems to me that the College's current strategy -- to allow the lawsuit to continue in some background mode -- is very risky, since it runs the risk of setting a legal precedent that will tie its hands and make absolutely sure that half of all future Boards will be alumni-elected. Otherwise, at some point down the road, the College could in fact dot the i's and cross the t's and alter its bylaws with alumni agreement.

The difficulty with too much alumni/non-traditional involvement is that the precedents, such as Hillsdale College, are not favorable. The motormouth blather of our own Todd Zywicki is another indication of the caliber of people we can expect to get with do-it-yourself governance.

All it took was one successful petition candidate -- John Steel -- in 1980 to change the Board's direction. Although it took the election of successive petition candidates more recently, the result was the tacit withdrawal of the Student Life Initiative, the hiring of a new football coach, the retirement of the admissions dean, and the re-recognition of Beta. The retirement of Wright may or may not have been an additional result. There was no need for anything close to a majority of Board members to accomplish these things, in the face of a remarkably obstinate resistance.

On the other hand, having gained some ground in the lawsuit, I don't think it's wise for the AoA simply to drop things at this point. I think it would be far better for the College and the AoA to come to some agreement in which the suit is dropped in return for some promise by the College that the Board makeup will not be changed without some future endorsement by the AoA.

I think it would also be most unwise for the Board to choose a new President in the same mold as Freedman or Wright. It's probably in the AoA's interest to maintain pressure on the College by continuing the suit, as an additional way to ensure that a new administration sets a new course.

Anonymous said...

If the Dartmouth Undying slate wins the election, Carol Folt will be the next president.

Anonymous said...

You mean Carol Folt, Dartmouth's prior Dean of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies?

A recent article in the D lamented the loss of two philosophy department faculty members to the U. of Washington. A large factor they cited was the greater emphasis on graduate students and programs. Some will lament why Dartmouth is losing good professors. They should be questioning why individuals with such inclinations were granted lifetime tenure at the college in the first place. Authoring lots of books is perhaps an indication of scholarship, but that does not mean it should be given more priority than the classroom.

Anonymous said...

Let's pay attention to the details here. First, there is no Dartmouth Undying slate. The slate was nominated by the Association of Alumni and is supported by the Dartmouth Undying group.The petition group, as they have identified themsevles by Mike Murphy on this blog, is backed by John McGovern's ATM machine, The Hanover Institute.

Second, the two professors are not going to the University of Washington. They are going to Washington University in St. Louis.

Now, back to the debate.

Anonymous said...

From the Dartmouth Undying website:

"We urge you to view our slate".

From this blog:

"Beware the slatemakers", by the head of that slate.

But yes, back to the debate.

Anonymous said...

"The slate was nominated by the Association of Alumni" - its Nominating Committee, to be exact. The Nominating Committee is comprised of the president of the Association and anyone else he chooses. Whoever wins this year's election for president will pick next year's slate. If Murphy wins, it will be Dartmouth Undying who picks the petition slate. What a breakthrough that would be.

Anonymous said...

Let's pay attention to details here. If Murphy wins, it will be The Hanover Institute who picks next year's committee. Dartmouth Undying is backing John Mathias and the slate that opposes the alumni suing the College.Dartmouth Undying doesn't pick slates.

Anonymous said...

"Dartmouth Undying doesn't pick slates."

Right. They just agree with Spalding.

Anonymous said...

To those who say that there is no Dartmouth Undying slate or that Dartmouth Undying "supports" the AoA slate:

http://www.dartmouthundying.org/slate

I'm no fan of Haldeman/Wright/Neukom, but this lawsuit is insane.

Anonymous said...

Why?

chumbawumba said...

You're all wrong. It wasn't the EC nominating committee that picked the slate supported by Dartmouth Undying, it was Dartmouth College itself! At least that's what pro-litigation slate member Paul Mirengoff is going around telling people

Anonymous said...

Right. If the author of Powerline says it, it must be true...

Here's what he says:

Thus, the college has chosen to play one more card. It has put together a slate of candidates for the AoA Executive Committee that has agreed, if elected, to drop the lawsuit. Their platform, in other words, is capitulation to Dartmouth’s plan to deprive the alumni of any meaningful say.

Based on what the alumni have "said" so far, it's not 100% clear that that's such a bad platform.

D. Webster rolling in his grave said...

why is the lawsuit insane?

Because all the petition candidates and their supporters have done thus far is complain and spew lots of tyranny vs. democracy rhetoric. The only thing the Trustees have actually accomplished is that Zywicki has managed to put his foot in his mouth. It's like the proverbial car-chasing dog who actually catches the car and doesn't know what to do next.

Apparently they're afraid that they're not embarrassing the College enough or bringing it down quickly enough, so they've decided to sue it. The alumni aren't "governed" by the College and they're not "stakeholders," but "democracy" rhetoric is much more inspiring than "enforce what we think an old contract means."

Basically there's a well-financed minority of alumni with delusions of grandeur who are willing to bring the College down to win an argument.

I'm not happy with the current governance of the College, but these people are like the Democrats in 2004--who wants to do the work of coming up with an alternative when it's so much fun to complain about the status quo?

Anonymous said...

"I'm not happy with the current governance of the College"

Please tell us more. What exactly are you not happy with? We want to work with you to come "up with an alternative".

I'm tired of complaining about the status quo.

d. webster rolling in his grave said...

oh, where to start?

first, there's oversubscribed courses, striking
an inappropriate balance between free speech and a mutually respectful environment on campus, proliferation of diversity deans, incompetent and condescending administrators (see, e.g. the discussion of banning "water pong" in the residence halls a while back), failure to retain/hire talented faculty (see, e.g. Gazzaniga), hostility toward the Greek system, overreaching by Safety and Security, pandering to the alumni who want to compete in a race to the bottom to sacrifice academics for winning football teams...

and then there's the condescension and dishonesty by people like Ed Haldeman when they purport to explain themselves and address their critics (see, e.g., the exchange between Haldeman and Joe Asch on approval voting; the discussion by the Trustees of the SLI ("We strongly believe in choices, but we want those to be very structured kinds of choices" -- Susan Dentzer).

It's enough to say throw the bums out, but the replacement bums don't seem to be much better, and governance by the alumni seems to be a bad idea. There are 70,000 alumni, most of whom are probably too busy or too unreachable to care, so any decisions made "by the alumni" are likely to be made by the people who care the most and are the most organized --- i.e. the Hanover Institute / Review alumni / Dartblogger cartel. I have more respect for the Review than I do for much of the administration, but I'm not terribly impressed by Zywicki & friends, and the main achievement that those folks can claim so far is that they've sued the College and defeated a motion to dismiss.

A pox on both their houses. It seems that one can't be both (1) willing to commit the time to Dartmouth governance and (2) competent to do something constructive in that direction. I'm embarrassed to be a Dartmouth alum whenever this issue comes up, and it's hard to imagine the College being any better for this controversy, regardless of who ultimately prevails.

Anonymous said...

To be or not to be.

Anonymous said...

There is no "exchange between Haldeman and Joe Asch on approval voting." You are thinking of Stan Colla, who is not a Trustee.

d. webster rolling in his grave said...

You're right. My bad.

http://www.dartblog.com/data/2007/07/007389.php

chumbawumba said...

D. Webster is "embarrassed to be a Dartmouth alum whenever this issue comes up".

What issue? You rattled off a dozen "issues," most of them just valid policy decisions that you happen to disagree with. Until you are president, you should either decide to support Dartmouth in spite of momentary disagreements or decide that your support for water pong is so strong that you must reduce your support until the "issue" is resolved to your liking.

I'll wager you wouldn't say the college has to be perfect to receive the support you seem inclined to give. Would you also say it doesn't have to agree with your personal philosophy of education (informed by years a college president elsewhere?) as well?

D. Webster rolling in his grave said...

What issue?

The lawsuit.

I'll wager you wouldn't say the college has to be perfect to receive the support you seem inclined to give. Would you also say it doesn't have to agree with your personal philosophy of education (informed by years a college president elsewhere?) as well?

Yes.

Anonymous said...

Dartblog spends a lot of time accusing the Board and its supporters of evil acts considering that Joe Malchow has financial ties to the Exec. Comm. of the Alumni Association that he has never disclosed. That's right, he was hired to build at least one website for them while he continued "reporting" on their law suit.

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