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Dartmouth Trustees review mission statement

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 03/05/07
Roland Adams • (603) 646-3661

Board also sets 5 percent increase in tuition for coming academic year, discusses next steps in campus master planning, approves 2007 affirmative-action plan

During its winter meeting March 2-4 in Hanover, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees discussed a revised statement of the College's mission proposed by President James Wright; set tuition, room and board rates for academic year 2007-08; discussed master planning for the next stages in campus development as well as financing for planned new facilities for the life sciences, visual arts and dining; and reviewed and approved the latest update of the affirmative-action plan.

Mission statement revision
The mission statement is the summation of the College's fundamental purposes and aims. The revised statement also outlines a series of core values and summarizes the legacy of the institution to date.

Wright presented the proposed revision of the statement to Dartmouth students, faculty, staff and alumni in mid-February and invited comment on it. In a recent letter to the Dartmouth community, he reviewed the reason for the revision of the statement, writing, "Dartmouth's mission ... has not changed but organizations periodically should remind themselves what it is that they are about."

Chairman of the Board William H. Neukom commented, "The Trustees are delighted with the extent of feedback on the mission statement and the overwhelmingly positive nature of the suggestions. The input has been very helpful. We are looking forward to endorsing a new statement, once President Wright has reviewed the feedback."

Tuition and other charges for academic year 2007-08
The board set the College's tuition for the 2007-2008 academic year at $34,965, an increase of 5 percent (or $1,668) over the current year's tuition rate. With room, board, and mandatory fees, next year's overall charges will be $45,483. The rates apply to all undergraduates as well as students in the arts and sciences graduate programs and Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Tuition charges for Dartmouth Medical School will be $37,852 per year, a 5 percent increase, and for Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business $42,990, a 5.8 percent increase.

President Wright said, "Our goal in setting tuition and financial aid policies is to keep a Dartmouth education accessible to talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances, while we also enhance the quality of the Dartmouth experience, widely acclaimed as one of the best opportunities in higher education." He noted that tuition covers only about half the cost of providing a Dartmouth education with the balance being met through the endowment and annual giving.

Dartmouth is one of only a small number of colleges and universities that maintains a "need-blind" admissions policy whereby the College admits students without taking into account their ability to pay when making admissions decisions, and commits to meeting 100 percent of enrolled students' demonstrated need for a full four years.

More than half of Dartmouth undergraduates and their families receive financial aid from either the College or outside sources in meeting the cost of attendance, and 40-45 percent of each entering class receives scholarship aid directly from the College at a cost of approximately $48 million per year. Eligibility for aid is reviewed each year, and adjustments are made, as necessary, to assure that the aid package is commensurate with each family's financial need.

Dartmouth continues to increase financial aid for international students. The College is "need blind" for those international students from Mexico, Canada, and from the United World Colleges. For other international students, the College admits students up to the limit of the international financial aid budget. Sixty-six percent of international students receive financial aid, compared with 44 percent of domestic students, and international students receive a higher average aid package.

Other Business
The board began discussions of next steps in campus master planning, looking to extend the master plan that was last updated in 2001. The board also discussed plans for the construction of a life sciences building and new dining facilities, and a visual arts center. After reviewing a report on the College's current affirmative-action efforts, the board approved affirmative-action goals for 2007.

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