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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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Potential Calendar Option

Return in the fall but with an altered schedule. Potentially start the semester a week or two earlier than usual, forgo fall break and attempt to end all classes before thanksgiving break so we simply do not return to campus afterwards. This means all classes would be completed and we could just take exams from home again. This idea is similar to the idea that Notre Dame just announced. Our community is even smaller than... 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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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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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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Temporary Trimester System for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

As a disclaimer, I'm not a part of the COVID-19 Design Teams and I wanted to put this idea out there to get some conversation going.

We currently have 2 potential plans for the fall, but both of these plans have their own shortcomings. A 13+ calendar is flexible and ensures that our education will be similar to what it was under normal circumstances. The biggest advantages of this system is its possible late start date... 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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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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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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Not an Idea, but an Inquiry

Two comments/inquiries that must be addressed.

1\. How do you ensure students do not engage in mass gatherings, particularly in off-campus locations? It is inherent that students are going to look for ways to party and gather in numbers irresponsible for the current situation we now face. What happens when an eating house, fraternity, student group, or group of students in general, decides to throw an off-campus party... 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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Entrepreneurship Minor

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 »

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