Idea Trek

Idea Trek

The best ideas can come from anywhere.

Do you have an idea that supports one of Davidson's big shifts,? Big or small, all ideas are welcome!

Over the next 4 years, the college aims to shift from...

  • ...traditional, established paths for student experiences -- to -- adaptable, student-centered experiences & processes
  • ...contained reputation and reach -- to -- global reputation, reach, & impact
  • ...conventional, siloed organization -- to -- adaptable, diverse, cross-functional & inclusive organization
  • ...self-contained -- to -- leverage connections & partnerships with schools & companies
  • ...Financial Aid too dependent on Annual Fund -- to -- socio-economic diversity is fiscally assured

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Leveraging technology to increase equity in the add/drop period

There are several issues with our current add/drop system in which students try to add courses after WebTree has run.
(1) When the system opens early in the morning, students report website/browser crashing, and cannot get the courses they want in the first minute.
(2) For spots that open up later in the week, it creates pressure for students to constantly check course availability throughout the week.
(3) Most troubling,... more »
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Davidson Barbecue Studies

Slow-cooked pork has a rich tradition in North Carolina. Debates about favorite styles may divide us, but gathering over barbecue has long united communities. At a time when some of the legendary BBQ joints in North Carolina are shutting down, Davidson Barbecue Studies could be an exploration of how this special food has shaped the historical, sociological and political fabric of the region. There is even an opportunity... more »
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Campus Delivery Services

Campus delivery positions
My idea stems from being able to have Davis Cafe orders delivered on campus to tables/dorms/study spaces for a small fee. I would imagine it to be very popular, especially to disabled students, should it be on an easily accessible platform and be able to be charged to CatCard balances. This would be a good integration into the online ordering at Davis Cafe. A routing platform could be utilized... more »
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Bench Press/Squat Rack in New Dorm, Baker, or Union

I would like for the school to add bench presses/squat racks to the school gyms. Compound movements like bench presses and squat racks are essential exercises for muscle growth and athletic performance. Currently these exercises are off limits for non-varsity athletes at Davidson. It makes it difficult to get quality workouts in given many workout programs are centered around compound lifting. All of our peer institutions... more »
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Pave the path to Wall

The circle of greenery in front of Wall is pretty, but people walk through it instead of around it, killing the grass. Can we make a stone path on the dead grass so people only walk here, saving more grass and making the whole thing more aesthetic? It would look similar to the stone path that cuts through the grass in between the Lily Gallery and the library.

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Student Data Transparency

Submitted by Annie Sadler, '17

Across campus, students are constantly being surveyed and re-surveyed, often around the same issue. Students rarely, if ever, get to see the data that is collected about them. There needs to be a centralized data hub that would allow for increased transparency and collaboration around Davidson's own data. A central database that has every survey done across campus with any publicly accessible... more »
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Davidson Wild Dogs

Submitted by Lena Parker, '17

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!... more »
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DavidsonNext AP Microeconomics Course for High School Students

Submitted by Clark Ross

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... more »
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Policy Studies Initiative

Submitted by Ken Menkhaus

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... more »
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Offer non-credit tech/ programming courses

Submitted by Julie Goff

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... more »
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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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Summer Classes

Offer a small number of academic courses during the summer for Davidson students. Course would target rising sophomores or rising juniors to meet needs that are difficult to meet during the academic year because of demand exceeds supply, or because a 'deeper focus' is useful, or to offer a specialty class/program that Davidson doesn't otherwise offer but wishes it could. Courses would be 5 weeks long (180 hours across... more »
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