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Encourage Us to not "Spend Out" Year-End Operating Budget Funds

Submitted by Wendy Raymond 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 ...more »

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Lifelong Learning Series - Digital Engagement

Submitted by Lisa Combs 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, ...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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Davidson in Silicon Valley

Submitted by Rex Salisbury Acknowledging that immersive language learning is a more effective means of mastery than non-immersion across all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, CS and DS faculty would like to test immersive technology learning as a strategy that gives underrepresented students a leg up in preparation for success in technology disciplines, like computer science. Faculty in CS and DS propose a semester-long, ...more »

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Pathway to Tenure Track

Submitted by Katie Horowitz Davidson relies heavily on visiting professors to cover required and core courses and to do the work of program building. Sometimes electives developed by visitors are used to demonstrate student interest in a potential or new major in order to justify the need for a tenure line, for which the visitor is subsequently overlooked. Other times long-term visitors are tacitly called upon to do ...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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Adult Upskilling: Davidson College + edX for Lifelong Learning

Submitted by Kristen Eshleman 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 ...more »

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JEC Semester Within

Submitted by Melissa Gonzalez Groups of up to 4 faculty can propose to take a cohort of 30 students to a location within the United States for a semester. The overarching goal is to study a site from multiple disciplinary perspectives, with a focus on understanding how justice, equality, and community function there. Students will develop knowledge about the site that they can both turn inwards and outwards, articulating ...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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Proposal to reform the JEC requirement for STEM majors.

We propose a reformation to the JEC requirement that allows STEM majors to participate in an independent study. This independent study would include STEM majors traveling to marginalized communities in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region and participating in tutoring programs in underfunded/understaffed high schools in the communities. We believe that this independent study will fulfill the requirements and intentions of ...more »

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Data Lab

Submitted by Wendy Raymond We are living in the age of data: big data, data mining, data analytics; data interpretation, data collection, data privacy – questions about data reach into nearly every aspect of our lives. Data Lab is an initiative aimed at ensuring that Davidson students and faculty are prepared to participate fully, compete successfully, and contribute productively to this new era by bringing new learning ...more »

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Promoting Liberal Arts Beyond Campus

Submitted by Pat Sellers 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 ...more »

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Promoting Liberal Arts Beyond Campus

Submitted by Pat Sellers 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 ...more »

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Online Ordering at 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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Collaborative Flip

Submitted by Kevin Smith I must start out by crediting Barbara Lom for a discussion that led to this idea. This idea comes from the convergence of several features and challenges of teaching at Davidson: First, owing to our small class sizes, many of us teach the same courses. Second, many faculty are interested in maximizing high-quality, active learning in the classroom, but this often relies on high-quality preparation ...more »

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Combine Homecoming and Family Weekend

Family weekend is a weekend that truly showcases Davidson in its best light. Combining Homecoming and Family Weekend would allow more people to experience Davidson at its prime. Family weekend programming could continue as it has been in the past. College Relations would market the combined weekend to all alumni – putting an emphasis on alumni with kids. Allowing more families to enjoy the offerings throughout the weekend. ...more »

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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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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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