Ask a Dean Category: Other/Miscellaneous

When will Cornell stand up for free speech and free inquiry?

Dear Dean, It is becoming well-known among conservative and libertarian leaning graduate students that the bias reporting implemented by the administration is being used to suppress conservative thought on campus, as some conservative views are deemed offensive by some more liberal peers. Many conservative and moderate students do not feel comfortable expressing their opinion on…

Are students from rural communities underrepresented at Cornell?

Dear Deans, My friend and I recently read about the new admitted undergraduate class of ’21 setting diversity records. While we both believe this to be a good thing, my friend observed that it was not clear whether students from rural communities are considered part of this diversity. Intrigued, I did a quick search on…

I wonder if you could share current dean salaries?

Hello Deans, In a recent Ask a Dean, you answered a question about graduate funding. You cited many current expenses, including $250,000/year for childcare grants. In order to better contextualize these numbers and in the spirit of transparency, I wonder if you could share current dean salaries, and the yearly percent raises to those salaries in the last decade?…

Why is one of the buildings on campus locked early?

NOTE: Building names and staff names are anonymized from the details provided in the original Ask a Dean question and response. Question Dear Deans: I am confused why the back door of “building K” would be locked at 3:52 pm on a Friday, but “building T’s” back door by the elevator is open. Similarly why…

Feedback: Thank you for the “Ask a Dean” feature!

Dear Grad School Deans, I just wanted to say thank you for the “Ask a Dean” feature! I have really enjoyed reading the questions and informative answers in the weekly grad school announcements. More importantly though, while I am sure that the deans have always been available to us grad students, this program makes you…