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20 Jan Posted by in Faculty, Research | 4 comments

Explaining Research

Explaining Research

As pressure for change in higher education mounts, with increasing probing comments from observers—like trustees—who are not part of the academy, explaining faculty research and the resources allotted to it takes on new importance. I think it’s desirable for faculty to participate in the discussion and not simply react to yet another set of claims […]

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02 Jan Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Mason Students

Mason Students

Writing the first blog of the new year is a bit of a challenge. Obviously one wants to make it interesting. On the other hand, we emerge from a week where — professionally — not a lot has been happening (for which we are profoundly grateful). So let me talk a bit about aspects of […]

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16 Dec Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | 1 comment

NSSE: How Our Students Are Doing

NSSE: How Our Students Are Doing

We’ve received National Survey of Student Engagement data for Mason for 2012, and while further reports will be issued by beginning of spring semester, from our peerless Office of Institutional Assessment, some preliminary results are worth attention. NSSE is a national survey that asks students to reflect on learning activities that relate to student success. […]

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The Vanishing Race

The Vanishing Race

For some years educational institutions have been experiencing a fairly steady increase in the percentage of students who choose not to declare race. We had thought this trend might be modified by new census categories that allow multiple race identifications, but it has not. Now the trend is affecting faculty, bigtime. This year about 200 […]

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02 Dec Posted by in Faculty, Research | 6 comments

Nervous Researchers

Nervous Researchers

As many readers of the blog know (indeed, as all faithful readers should know), Mason recently sponsored a conference on teaching and innovation that came off quite successfully. One side effect, however, seems to have been a certain level of anxiety among some of our many research faculty that we were changing the orientation of […]

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06 Nov Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Mason’s Forum on Higher Education

Mason’s Forum on Higher Education

The Forum has come and gone. This is not a formal or detailed review (though it will be a bit longer than my usual blog). The presentations and conversations were lively – it was even better than I’d expected in that regard. Attendance was terrific, over two days overlapping into weekend, which was in itself […]

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Ethics and Academic Leadership

Ethics and Academic Leadership

How’s that for an unusually pompous title? Actually, until a few years ago I would have hesitated to venture anything formal on ethics. I’m obviously not a professional ethicist—that remains the case—and I also have some hesitations about seeming to be preachy.  But after some years as Provost, I do have some firmer views about […]

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28 Oct Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Mason’s Higher Education Forum

Mason’s Higher Education Forum

On November 2-3, Mason will host a mix of outside and internal presenters on key topics concerning the future of higher education. The audience will be largely Mason faculty, staff, students and friends, but we’ll have some visitors here as well. The purpose is at once to further conversations about vital higher education issues in […]

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21 Oct Posted by in Academics, Faculty | 1 comment

Academic Life

Academic Life

It’s pretty clear that those of us in the academic racket should be thinking about the changes likely in our line of work, and what we should be telling future aspirants. The auguries are not good in some respects, though of course there will be great variety depending on field, with areas like my discipline […]

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22 Sep Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Grade Early, Grade Often

Grade Early, Grade Often

This is the time of year when faculty in many types of courses need to be sure they have developed a basis for early assessment of students so that, where problems exist, they can be conveyed to students directly and to relevant advisors with enough time to do something to remedy. My own experience after […]

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