Quality Enhancement Plan

"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.

Documents

Leaders & Participants

QEP Institutional Leaders

  • Wendy Raymond, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
  • Verna Case, Associate Dean of Faculty and QEP Coordinator
  • Trent Foley, Professor of Religion and QEP Committee Co-chair
  • Linda LeFauve, Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research and QEP Committee Co-chair

QEP Coordinating Committee - Faculty and Staff Members

  • Mark Barsoum, Director of the Mathematics and Science Center and Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Verna Case, Associate Dean of Faculty and QEP Coordinator
  • Rebeca Fernandez, Non-native English Writing Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
  • Trent Foley, Professor of Religion and QEP Committee Co-chair
  • Gillian Gremmels, The Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library
  • Linda LeFauve, Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research and QEP Committee Co-chair
  • Kevin Smith, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Durwin Striplin, Professor of Chemistry

QEP Participating Faculty

  • Mark Barsoum, Director of the Mathematics and Science Center and Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Karen Bernd, Professor of Biology
  • Clark Ross, Frontis W. Johnston Professor of Economics
  • Fred Smith, Professor of Economics
  • Kevin Smith, Assistant Professor of Biology

QEP Coordinating Committee - Student Members

  • Joshua Attias, Class of 2017
  • Ela Hefler, Class of 2017