President Hanlon Outlines His Vision for Dartmouth

On November 5, 2013 by Grad Forum

hanlon_talk_thumbnailIn his first major address to the faculty, President Phil Hanlon ’77 outlined his vision for Dartmouth’s next decade and previewed his priorities, including increasing the size of the faculty, offering more opportunity for experiential education, expanding Thayer School of Engineering, adding offerings at the Tuck School of Business, and considering creation of a free-standing graduate school.

“I am enthused about the future and excited about what we can get in place in the next couple of years working together,” President Hanlon told more than 200 faculty members at the annual General Faculty meeting, which includes faculty from Dartmouth’s three professional schools as well as the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. “You are an outstanding faculty, and I feel very fortunate to have you as my new colleagues.”

Hanlon discussed a number of new efforts that would elevate the College’s educational and scholarly mission, keep Dartmouth at the forefront of teaching and learning, and, he said, “take this already great academic enterprise to new levels.”

In addition to detailing his priorities, the president said Dartmouth will work to keep down the cost of attending the Ivy League school.

“You should expect that Dartmouth will keep its tuition rates flat in real terms. In other words, our cost of attendance will track in the future much more closely to some justifiable rate of inflation,” he said.

The new initiatives Hanlon envisions for Dartmouth include:

  • Expanding Thayer to build on the engineering school’s innovative, experiential learning and explore opportunities to integrate engineering into the liberal arts.
  • New programs at Tuck, including a 4+1 degree program that would provide a master’s in business following a fifth year at Dartmouth; expansion of the Tuck Business Bridge Program; and expansion of Tuck faculty to support programmatic growth.
  • Creation of a free-standing graduate school to oversee PhD and master’s programs as well as interdisciplinary graduate programs.
  • Partnerships with leading learning technology consortia, including MOOCS (massive open online courses) to enhance the learning experience of Dartmouth students by increasing engagement and using data to better understand how students are progressing through the learning curve.
  • Expanding the faculty by hiring clusters in various disciplines and schools around a common theme for interdisciplinary work on important issues. For example, a financial markets cluster could include faculty in business, economics, government, and history.
  • Enhancing the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and strengthening its partnership with academic computing to develop support models for faculty experimentation and innovation with learning technologies.
  • Funding new and innovative faculty research ideas through a program administered by the Provost’s Office.

To read more see Dartmouth Now.

photo by Eli Burakian ’00

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