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Entertaining Reader Requests

I am planning out my next few 5-10 part series. What topics do readers want me to cover? (Previous rants in this series include the discussions of the Equality of Opportunity Project, the news release on early admissions for the class of 2019 and veterans admissions). The topics I am willing to write about include:

1) Latest Form 990.
2) Latest financial statements.
3) Latest Common Data Set.
4) Excellent work done by the Merrill Committee.
5) The 2012 Fifth Year Interim Report (pdf) on accreditation.
6) Adam Falk’s latest letters.
7) The long term health of the Williams endowment, using NACUBO data. (Thanks to Dartblog for the pointer.)
8. Ways to improve NESCAC athletics.
9. The Proposal for Divestment (pdf), the main intellectual statement by those students/faculty/alumni seeking divestment from fossil fuel companies.
10. The College’s response (pdf) to the Proposal for Divestment.
11. The new trustees webpage and the documents linked therefrom.
12. Record articles from the fall semester. Lots of good stuff that we never got around to discussing.
13. The plan (pdf) for the replacement for the Exploring Diversity Initiative to be discussed at this week’s faculty meeting.
14. Latest 100 page report (pdf) from the Curricular Planning Committee.
15. Ethan Zuckerman’s ’93 lunch with an (anonymous!?) Eph Trump supporter.
16. An update on athletic admission, starting with this amazing series from The Bowdoin Orient.

What do you want to read? Other suggestions welcome! I will probably start with 13 since it is so timely . . .

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#1 Comment By frank uible On February 6, 2017 @ 6:44 am

David, what do you do in your spare time?

#2 Comment By X On February 6, 2017 @ 8:25 am

Form 990

#3 Comment By CJ On February 6, 2017 @ 8:48 am

social engineering and diversity in Williams admissions

#4 Comment By Williams Alum On February 6, 2017 @ 8:55 am






#5 Comment By John C. Drew, Ph.D. On February 6, 2017 @ 10:37 am





#6 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On February 6, 2017 @ 1:41 pm




#7 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On February 8, 2017 @ 11:47 am

Both 1 and 11 got two votes, so that is where I will start.

Also, I am always biased in favor of topics of interest to my fellow authors, so, 10 and 16 (suggested by WW) will follow.

Then 4, 6, 12 and 13, as time permits.

#8 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On May 14, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

1 (latest Form 990) is complete. Start here.

#9 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On June 14, 2017 @ 8:39 pm

11 (new trustees webpage) is complete. Start here.

#10 Comment By Williams Alum On June 14, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

#11 Comment By JCD On June 15, 2017 @ 3:14 am

Interesting article. While I disagree with increasing support for public universities and their privileged, left-wing labor unions, I totally agree that the system is biased against young working-class and rural whites. As the author states:

In fact, the group that is most disadvantaged by our current admissions policies are working-class and rural whites, who are hardly present on selective campuses at all. The only way to think these places are diverse is if that’s all you’ve ever seen.

The reality is that for the leftist academic leaders entrenched in these elite institutions, working-class and rural whites are the enemy. Thank God, Trump has given them a voice and a once in a generation opportunity to set things straight.

#12 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On November 2, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

8. Ways to improve NESCAC athletics was done starting here.

#13 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On November 2, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

16. An update on athletic admission, starting with this amazing series from The Bowdoin Orient is done here.