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Student-Faculty Ratio Decreases to 9:1

The Bowdoin Campaign

Story posted December 15, 2008

An increase of faculty in recent years has given rise to a lower student-to-faculty ratio.

Formerly 10:1, new hires have brought the ratio down to 9:1.

As the Bowdoin Orient notes in its December 12, 2008, issue, the decrease represents a change that impacts interactions between students and teachers as well as the scope of the College's offerings.

In the article Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd notes that the ratio "allows us to bring breadth and depth to the curriculum," and that "new positions bring us new areas of study."

Increasing Faculty

Increasing the number of faculty is a key component of The Bowdoin Campaign, which ends in 2009. This will allow us to deepen and diversify several existing programs, stay competitive, and maintain the close student-faculty interactions that are a hallmark of a Bowdoin education.

Read the Bowdoin Orient article here.

The Capital Campaign funded eight new positions out of a projected 12; five have been filled, including:

  • An Islamic and Judaic studies position in religion
  • A Spanish and Latino/Chicano studies position in Romance languages
  • A position in theater and dance
  • A comparative politics position in the government department
  • An environmental studies position

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