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Promoting Liberal Arts Beyond Campus

The core idea is for Davidson faculty to teach small liberal arts courses online to strong high school students across the country. MIT and other universities are already trying this approach for graduate courses and programs, but no one is trying it for undergraduate/high school students. Such Davidson-taught courses could further the institution in several ways:

. The courses would create another way for Davidson to share its effective liberal arts model nationwide.

. It could create another way to attract strong students to Davidson.

. Admissions could be more confident of applicants' ability if they have completed such a course, which could reduce uncertainty around yield.

. The program could provide additional revenue for the College.

. If structured correctly, the program could provide additional revenue (salary) for faculty interesting and willing to teach the courses.

. From a reaccreditation standpoint, a growing practice is "dual enrollment," where universities and community colleges teach courses that high school students take. In other words, we could get approval from SACSCOC for this program.

. Perhaps most importantly, the program would position Davidson at the cutting edge of a growing trend in higher ed: the blurring of boundaries between high school and college instruction.

. We already have online material for several courses (macroeconomics, physics, and calculus) that could be used in such online courses. Unlike Davidson Now, these courses would be branded purely as Davidson courses (and not as AP courses).

. Here is a related column from IHE: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/will-open-online-education-disrupt-masters-admissions-funnel?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=fd7e3de187-DNU20171206&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-fd7e3de187-197545049&mc_cid=fd7e3de187&mc_eid=2cf01fc808

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