Mission statement

The Davis Center for Figure Sense exists to instill a stronger figure sense into the habits of thinking and communicating.


What is figure sense?

Figure sense is the effectiveness with which people select and evaluate evidence before making a decision or taking action. A person with figure sense is able to rapidly and accurately collect the right evidence (i.e., know which claim/statement to inquire about and which claim/statement to ignore), confirm the reliability of the collected evidence, apply a combination of accounting, economics, finance, mathematics and statistics when developing this evidence, and then persuasively present the results of their evaluation.

Motivation for establishing the Davis Center for Figure Sense

Roger and Julie Davis proposed establishing the Center to then-School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi. Their interest in supporting figure sense education stems from their long-standing professional and personal interest in evidence-based decision-making (i.e., "figure sense"). Their primary motivation for establishing the Center is to better prepare students for success in business and to be astute, engaged citizens. A successful Center for Figure Sense also could prove to be a source of differentiation and competitive advantage for the School of Business.

Center objectives

The primary objective of the Center is to improve the figure sense of all undergraduate students enrolled in School of Business classes, including those minoring in business. By integrating figure sense methodologies into all courses and activities, business school students will be better prepared for the business world and as informed members of society.


Professor, Director - Davis Center for Figure Sense

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Davis Center for Figure Sense
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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