"Opening Wide the Gateways" is a reflection of Davidson's Statement of Purpose, a culture of action informed by assessment, and the value the college places on an inclusive community. The plan recognizes an intentionally changing student profile and the important role faculty will continue to have in creating an academic environment in which all students can thrive.
Davidson's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focuses specifically on disciplines where we have seen differential performance between majority and underrepresented students and where the literature about the positive effects of inclusive pedagogical practices is robust. The experiences of Davidson faculty strongly suggest that connecting new pedagogies to gateway courses in six quantitatively-oriented departments would lead to measureable improvement in learning outcomes.
Quality Enhancement Plan (PDF) Opening Wide the Gateways: Enhancing Student Learning and Promoting Inclusion in the Quantitative Disciplines