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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Visualizing Davidson's Academic Interdisciplinary

Submitted by Wendy Raymond For academic strategic planning, we wish to describe how we will build the faculty of the future - which we are doing right now, for tenure-track faculty we hire today may very well be here in the year 2050 and beyond. We think the faculty of the future can be built by strengthening Davidson's interdisciplinary intersections built on the foundation of strong disciplines. Our interdisciplinarity ...more »

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More Meal Plan Options

Anonymous submission Right now, there's an issue with accessible food on campus. Freshmen are not permitted to eat at Davis Café under meal plan because it slows down food service. They are left with commons and the den. However, the den is only open for lunch, and by the time freshman athletes finish practice, commons is closed as well. Davidson should consider bringing a food vendor to campus under meal plan that operates ...more »

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App for booking study rooms

There are study rooms across campus, and many of them are first-come-first-serve, or they need to be booked through an individual. If there were an app through which you could both book rooms and see which rooms were currently available, it would lower the barriers to booking and make it easier for students to find study rooms and faculty/staff to find meeting places for small groups.

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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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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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Winter Term

Students could take 1-2 classes during the winter break holiday, beginning after Christmas and ending a couple of days before spring semester resumes. Courses could be "fun" courses with topics similar to writing classes now, or could be more serious courses that could count towards a major/minor/WoK requirement.

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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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