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wildcatIDEAS

We are looking for ideas that advance our mission and continue Davidson’s excellence in the context of a changing world. There are four focus areas for Year 1, while Davidson pilots the framework, hones the evaluating process, and increases community involvement and awareness. In subsequent years, focus areas may reflect a new set of challenges and/or opportunities. They are:

  • Enhancing the Student Experience,
  • Program & Process Improvements,
  • Future of the Liberal Arts, and
  • New Revenue.

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Submitted by (@laknapp)

more meal plan options

Right now, there's an issue with accessible food on campus. Freshmen are not permitted to eat at Davis CafĂ© 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 at least for dinner. ...more »

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Submitted by (@ansadler)

Student-Athlete Orientation

Davidson varsity athletes are constantly at risk of severely injuring themselves because of the physical demands placed on their bodies from playing a Division 1 sport and attending a rigorous academic institution. Many athletes have sustained significant injuries that threaten their athletic and academic career along with their health and well-being. The college transition can be somewhat jarring, and athletes experience ...more »

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Submitted by (@ansadler)

Davidson WildDogs

Many Davidson students are stressed out and missing their beloved pups from home. By and large Davidson students are not allowed to have dogs on campus and therefore flock to any dog wandering through campus. At the same time, many students at Davidson struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns and animals have been shown to be effective in addressing these needs! While the hearts of Davidson ...more »

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Submitted by (@weraymond)

Visualizing Davidson's academic interdisciplinarity

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 strengths may be distinctive ...more »

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Submitted by (@weraymond)

Encourage us not to "spend out" year-end operating budgetfunds

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 sale price offered ...more »

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Submitted by (@kreshleman)

Adult Upskilling: Davidson College + edX for Lifelong Learning

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 have to engage in life-long learning ...more »

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Submitted by (@licombs)

Lifelong Learning Series - Digital Engagement

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, topical "News You Need ...more »

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Submitted by (@clross)

DavidsonNext AP Microeconomics Course for high school students

The DavidsonNext macroeconomics course experienced statistically significant success with one sample of high school students. A high school teacher provided feedback that 3 of his students received a perfect score on the AP macroeconomics and credited Davidson's online course as a major contributing factor. It is extremely rare to see that degree of success in one class sample (30 out of 120,000 exams). This same teacher ...more »

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Submitted by (@kemenkhaus)

Policy Studies Initiative

A group of faculty, staff, and alums (including Board members) is hoping to advance an idea we have discussed for several years, namely building on our existing strength in policy studies and engagement with the policy world to develop a more expansive and structured set of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs related to policy studies. This idea is in early stages and we are first convening a small ...more »

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Submitted by (@juliegoff)

Offer non-credit tech/programming course(s)

Offer non-credit course(s) or a series of workshops that teach basic computer programming skills. These would be optional for students and available at no additional charge on top of normal course load. Specifically designed to help all Davidson students (regardless of major or field they are looking to pursue) to skill up in basic programming/tech/coding skills (which are increasingly demanded by potential employers). ...more »

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Submitted by (@pasellers)

Create capacity to focus on Davidson's teaching strengths

A core strength of the Davidson experience is close, in-person interaction among students and faculty. How can we create more opportunities for these types of interactions? One way is to find other ways to provide students with introductory knowledge or skills, thereby freeing faculty time for more in-person interaction in higher-level courses. One such approach is to create larger classes on the introductory level; PSY ...more »

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Submitted by (@pasellers)

Online ordering in the Union Cafe

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.