Duke Endowment pledges $45 million to Davidson College

Davidson College recently benefited from a $45 million pledge from the Duke EndowmentThe Charlotte Observer reports:

The $45 million represents the largest single grant ever given to the school, founded in 1837, and launches a 10-year project to make Davidson more competitive with online schools by re-creating the way it teaches liberal arts.

Specifically, the college intends to de-emphasize traditional lecture-based classes for a more flexible approach that removes boundaries between departments and encourages students to actively engage with each other.

In other words: more research and less note-taking for Davidson’s 2,000 students.

It’s a shift experts say is critical to the survival of small liberal arts colleges like Davidson, which face growing competition from much cheaper online colleges. (Davidson costs nearly $52,155 annually.)

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