February 5, 2010

Finally, someone who knows what they're taking about.

Douglas Irwin, the Robert E. Maxwell ’23 Professor of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Economics, finally breaks the chorus of whining from mostly English professors protesting the college's planned (and unfortunately necessary) layoffs. Emotional responses are one thing, but, as Professor Irwin shows, logic and analysis are another.
To make up the $100 million structural budget deficit through a tuition hike, Dartmouth’s 5,000 students would have to cough up an extra $20,000 per year. Are Dartmouth students and their parents willing to pay more so that Dartmouth does not have to make significant adjustments to its expenses? Do students pay Dartmouth to provide employment to the people of the Upper Valley, or do they pay Dartmouth to hire the right number of people to provide them with a first-rate educational experience?

No comments:

Post a Comment