The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees voted yesterday to establish an independent graduate school. The grad school would support more than 1,000 PhD, master’s, and postdoctoral students across nearly 30 programs.
According to a press release posted on the college’s website, the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies – as it will be called – will be the college’s first new school in more than a century.
The well-known Tuck School of Business is currently Dartmouth’s newest school, created back in 1900. The School of Graduate and Advanced Studies is set to open July 1 of this year, with no new buildings needed to be erected on campus.
Proponents of the school, including Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon, say a new emphasis on graduate education will attract higher-quality students, while those against it have said the change will diminish Dartmouth’s reputation as a small liberal-arts school known for the quality of its undergraduate studies.