Anthony Gockowski, Campus Reform, June 16, 2016
Dartmouth College has pledged at least $145 million to be parceled out to various diversity initiatives over the next ten years as part of its Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence.
As part of the decade-long overhaul, Dartmouth has set a goal of increasing the percentage of minority tenure-track professors from 16 to 25 percent by 2020, which will require hiring 50 new “underrepresented” professors in the next four years. Employees, of course, come with a price tag, and in this case the school estimates that salaries and start-up costs will be somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million over the next 10 years.
Additionally, the school has promised to “double the Diversity Recruitment Fund to $2 million annually,” which, for the time being, will be supported by $45 million in endowment dollars.
What’s more, the prestigious institution will now require all “senior staff” as well as all members of the Board of Trustees to complete training on “implicit bias.” Similarly, all incoming students will undergo“training on diversity and inclusion” during orientation, beginning with the upcoming school year.
Finally, all faculty and senior staff members will be mandated to “describe their efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus” during their annual performance evaluations, possibly making it more difficult for professors to earn tenure if they diverge from the school’s favored approach in that context.