“The best strategy in a time of uncertainty is not to seek or force the way forward, but to enter a cycle of experimentation.”
– George Siemens, LINK Research Lab
Davidson College has a long tradition of developing the whole person, ethically, intellectually, and creatively. We believe this hallmark of the liberal arts, which focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, best prepares students to navigate a complex world.
However, the high degree of uncertainty around the growing knowledge economy, rising costs of a college degree, and a rapidly emerging ecosystem of alternative pathways is generating skepticism about the value of a traditional liberal arts education. In response to these change pressures, Davidson is creating a safe-to-fail, inclusive space for experiments that question our value assumptions and institutional structures. Doing so will help the college maintain a position of strength – adapting and responding strategically to disruptive innovation.