wildcatIDEAS

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.

wildcatIDEAS

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.

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Submitted by (@pasellers)

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 ...more »

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Submitted by (@jashaffer)

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 »