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02 Sep Posted by in Guidelines, Policies, Region | Comments

Accreditation

Accreditation

American accreditation procedures are unusual, to say the least. Rather than federal government oversight—which we’re all supposed to say would be horrible, and indeed perhaps it would be—basic accreditation falls to regional associations, essentially governed by a mixture of federal rules, fears of possible federal rules, and membership stipulations. Membership is from the participating universities […]

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Will the Real George Mason…

Will the Real George Mason…

The past decade plus has been a dynamic period for George Mason. We’ve grown, added programs, added facilities, etc. There is every reason to take pride in the varied achievements and the basis they provide for the future. It’s also important to note that in many ways we’ve been trying, in this same period, to […]

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Background Checks

Background Checks

I know I opined on this recently but thought an update would be in order, and I welcome further reactions. It’s not necessarily a huge issue, but a tough one. We are under increasing pressure to administer background checks to all newly-hired faculty (currently we only do selected, as in fields involving younger children or […]

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Death in the Family

Death in the Family

I write today about a problem I hadn’t pondered before, not common, but potentially quite important to those involved when it does surface: A student recently raised an interesting issue. Last semester he suffered a death in his family and missed a test in one class. The professor involved insisted on seeing a death certificate […]

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Regulatory Excess

Regulatory Excess

Last year we faced a crescendo of faculty concerns about excessive, unnecessary or unexplained regulations. Focus was particularly on human subjects review, which has since been substantially modified. But there was a general sense that things were spinning out of control. So we came up with a statement about proper procedures: try, whenever possible, to […]

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Background Checks

Background Checks

Discussion of further moves toward background checks for faculty and others is once again on active agenda at various institutions including George Mason. Any campus crisis now escalates attention, and there’s no easy way to avoid response. A few years ago when the discussion last actively surfaced, we generated a compromise approach with background checks […]

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Assessing

Assessing

By coincidence I’ve had the chance within a two-day span to discuss assessment both with a student group, the President-Provost Student Advisory Committee, and with a higher-ed class being taught by one of our leading assessment staff members. Students were intelligently concerned about how we do and use course and teacher evaluations. They wondered why […]

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Weather Reports

Weather Reports

This is something of an annual message, just timed differently because of last week’s torrential rains. We received a lot of hate-mail because we did not close down. Many accusations of repeated scorn of human safety etc. Needless to say, the accusations are unpleasant, though they spring often from unsettling driving experiences. And it is […]

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Federal Follies

Federal Follies

I am a deep believer in the need for governmental regulation to help moderate pure market forces. Earlier this year, I was delighted to see new federal interest in, what seemed to me, some clear abuses in higher education, particularly emanating from the for-profit sector.  But, I know, be careful what you wish for. Currently […]

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The Productivity Dilemma

The Productivity Dilemma

It looks like a key issue this year in Virginia will focus on faculty productivity. A few legislators are gearing up to question whether tenured faculty, in particular, work hard enough and whether changes might occur that would cut costs and, of course, relieve pressure on the General Assembly to add funding for higher education. […]

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