We propose a reformation to the JEC requirement that allows STEM majors to participate in an independent study. This independent study would include STEM majors traveling to marginalized communities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region and participating in tutoring programs in underfunded/understaffed high schools in the communities. We believe that this independent study will fulfill the requirements and intentions of ...more »
Family weekend is a weekend that truly showcases Davidson in its best light. Combining Homecoming and Family Weekend would allow more people to experience Davidson at its prime. Family weekend programming could continue as it has been in the past. College Relations would market the combined weekend to all alumni – putting an emphasis on alumni with kids. Allowing more families to enjoy the offerings throughout the weekend. ...more »
There are study rooms across campus, and many of them are first-come-first-serve, or they need to be booked through an individual. If there were an app through which you could both book rooms and see which rooms were currently available, it would lower the barriers to booking and make it easier for students to find study rooms and faculty/staff to find meeting places for small groups.
Anonymous submission Right now, there's an issue with accessible food on campus. Freshmen are not permitted to eat at Davis Café under meal plan because it slows down food service. They are left with commons and the den. However, the den is only open for lunch, and by the time freshman athletes finish practice, commons is closed as well. Davidson should consider bringing a food vendor to campus under meal plan that operates ...more »
Submitted by Kevin Smith I must start out by crediting Barbara Lom for a discussion that led to this idea. This idea comes from the convergence of several features and challenges of teaching at Davidson: First, owing to our small class sizes, many of us teach the same courses. Second, many faculty are interested in maximizing high-quality, active learning in the classroom, but this often relies on high-quality preparation ...more »
Submitted by Melissa Gonzalez Groups of up to 4 faculty can propose to take a cohort of 30 students to a location within the United States for a semester. The overarching goal is to study a site from multiple disciplinary perspectives, with a focus on understanding how justice, equality, and community function there. Students will develop knowledge about the site that they can both turn inwards and outwards, articulating ...more »
Submitted by Wendy Raymond I wish to thank Cindy Hauser for a query long ago that leads to this submission. In collaboration with Ed Kania, I propose we develop incentives for budget managers who are appropriately frugal (that is, they have worked intentionally or have been fortunate to save money on their budget's full portfolio (e.g., energy costs in a particular year were lower because of weather, or a one-time supplies ...more »
Submitted by Wendy Raymond For academic strategic planning, we wish to describe how we will build the faculty of the future - which we are doing right now, for tenure-track faculty we hire today may very well be here in the year 2050 and beyond. We think the faculty of the future can be built by strengthening Davidson's interdisciplinary intersections built on the foundation of strong disciplines. Our interdisciplinarity ...more »
Submitted by Lisa Combs Develop varied series alumni, families and friends can access online. Provide varied content targeted at identified generations: "How To" series for youngest alumni with life skills presented by faculty and staff. Examples include "How to Develop a Budget", ""How to find meaningful service opportunities ", "How to Pay Off Student Loans", "How to make Chicken Parm, Commons Style", Consider short, ...more »
Submitted by Kristen Eshleman Working with corporations and edX for Business, explore the creation of online learning offerings that meet the needs of individuals for social mobility as they "learn how to learn" and gain agency in a rapidly changing economy. From the World Economic Forum report on the dire need for reskilling: "As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will ...more »
Submitted by Rae Clemmons Davidson is committed to preparing students for lives of leadership and service, and historically has nurtured alumni who now serve as leaders in social enterprises, the medical and law fields, politics, the church, and other important industries. Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset is another form of leadership skills that students would benefit from, as they prepare for jobs in ...more »
At the Union Cafe, the lines to order cooked food are often very long. In addition, customers must submit their orders by writing them on paper forms. A more efficient approach would be to create an online ordering form. That way, customers could place orders from anywhere on campus and then come to the Cafe when the order is ready. Students have pushed for this change for several years, but with no success.
Submitted by Pat Sellers 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 ...more »
Submitted by Rex Salisbury Acknowledging that immersive language learning is a more effective means of mastery than non-immersion across all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, CS and DS faculty would like to test immersive technology learning as a strategy that gives underrepresented students a leg up in preparation for success in technology disciplines, like computer science. Faculty in CS and DS propose a semester-long, ...more »
Submitted by Katie Horowitz Davidson relies heavily on visiting professors to cover required and core courses and to do the work of program building. Sometimes electives developed by visitors are used to demonstrate student interest in a potential or new major in order to justify the need for a tenure line, for which the visitor is subsequently overlooked. Other times long-term visitors are tacitly called upon to do ...more »