Friday, August 28, 2009

Dartmouth #1 in Undergraduate Teaching

I recently wrote a piece for Blue Moose Democrat and MyDD about the pointlessness of college rankings, never mind that Dartmouth College was #11 on one list. Still, one can't help but feel a little proud when one's alma mater or school is said to top a category of particular personal importance. And indeed, U.S. News says Dartmouth College is #1 in undergraduate teaching. This is no surprise - it is the only Ivy university that pretends to be a liberal arts college with a strict focus on undergrads - but it's still an achievement. So Professors Duthu, Turner, Lacy, Press, Fowler, Bafumi, Carey, Summers, and many more - here's to you.

Faculty: The professors at Dartmouth are among the leaders in their fields, yet they remain fully committed to teaching. Even the most senior professors teach first-year courses. Recipients of more than $160 million in annual research grants and consistently ranked among the most respected teachers in American higher education, Dartmouth professors are true exemplars of the phrase teacher-scholar. Through course-related discussions, research collaborations, and casual conversation, students get to know their professors as instructors, mentors, colleagues, and friends.

2 comments:

Nathan Bruschi said...

Also of note, Dartmouth places on the lists of "Most students studying abroad" at 58% (no other Ivys on the list, Williams at 48%), "Most students in fraternities" at 43% (Cornell at 33%), and "Lowest Acceptance Rates" at 13.5% (immediately ahead of Brown and behind MIT).

Nathan Empsall said...

43% seems low - it probably omits Amarna and Panarchy, and clearly omits the freshmen. Even then, wow, the number's fallen a bit over the years.