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"Increased [numbers of] students, even at the current level of financial aid, would be a budget positive," Kim said in the interview. "But we have to be sure that the student-teacher ratios don't go up. We have to be sure the classroom experience remains of the same quality."
Zachary Kaufman '08 has been awarded a 2010 Marshall Scholarship to pursue a master's degree and Ph.D in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, according to a College press release. Kaufman, a Truman Scholar, withdrew from his interview for the Rhodes Scholarship to accept the Marshall Scholarship, which he said in the release better suits his interests and goals. Kaufman first decided to pursue public health on a Tucker Foundation community service trip to Nicaragua, according to the press release. He has worked with Grassroots Soccer in Cape Town, South Africa since graduation and will remain there before starting at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in fall 2010.
Although the decision by Dartmouth's previous administration to raise endowment spending in the 2009 fiscal year was part of a larger trend in higher education, the increase outpaced many of the College's peers and is now being reevaluated as the College's new administration moves to address the institution's budget gap. The decision to increase endowment spending technically termed the endowment distribution rate led the College to tap further into its investments just as the value of those investments declined precipitously.