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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Implement Mendix to unlock custom app development at Davidson

Over the course of the Fall 2019 semester, T&I's Digital Transformation team (Dx) researched, trialed, and experimented with dozens of so-called "low-code" platforms. In a nutshell, low-code platforms allow you to build custom forms and web applications without having to write very much "real" code, if any. By implementing a true low-code platform like Mendix, Davidson College can meet the growing need for efficient,... more »

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New Gym

I was wondering if there would be any possibility of davidson investing in a new gym facility? The gym in Union (and even new dorm too) is incredibly small and the machines are very outdated, and there are also some essential machines that are normally found in a gym that aren't even supplied. Often times, many people who are using mats overcrowd the floors and make it difficult to use various machines due to a lack of... more »

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Allow Fraternities to Disassociate from their National Orgs

Davidson should offer fraternities the option to disassociate from their national organizations and convert to a role as a Davidson social group while maintaining their spot on Patterson Court, assuming a role similar to eating houses. With this option, Davidson would gain better control over these organizations while allowing the organizations to functionally continue after disassociating from national organizations,... more »

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Rice Cooker in Commons

I was lucky enough to attend a boarding school during my high school experience. At times, the food got repetitive, but there were always staples that allowed students to make their own variations of plates. One of those staples was white rice. One of our stations during lunch and dinner was a large rice cooker that was open to students. For many students, rice had always been a staple; having it as an option for our... more »

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Program in the Publishing Arts

This interdisciplinary program would allow students to learn about print and digital publishing, to understand its history and and imagine its future, and to approach it as both scholars and makers. Digital publishing is in its infancy, with possibilities for immersive, multimedia, 3D, VR, and AR storytelling still emerging. Despite the power and promise of the digital realm, print publishing isn't going away. The birth... more »

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The Good Life (an interdisciplinary, student-driven course)

The proposed course has precedents in the wildly popular "happiness" psychology courses at Yale and Harvard, the "Design Your Life" course at Stanford's D-School, and Davidson's own "Living the Liberal Arts" course. Unlike the Yale and Harvard happiness courses, this new course would be interdisciplinary, and unlike Stanford's Design Your Life course, it would have a strong grounding in academic research and writing.... more »

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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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Career Center Paying for Linkedin Premium Accounts

I think the Carrer Center should pay for the option for sophomores, juniors and seniors to have LinkedIn premium accounts while at Davidson. I think it should be an opt-in program, as somebody would specifically have to go to the career center and ask for this. Networking is the #1 way to secure jobs and Linkedin Premium has significant advantages such as more messaging, profile views and you can see different profiles.... more »

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