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Office of the Provost  // Posts published by Office of the Provost

Undergrad Research

Undergrad Research

I’ve written before about Mason’s major initiative, the Students as Scholars project, focused on undergraduate research and creativity. This was the year that the project shifted from planning to implementation. It’s still soon to judge, of course, but initial results are very encouraging. We had the first celebration of achievement this past week, with a […]

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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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The Vision Series

The Vision Series

April 30th is the last in the Visions Series lectures for this year, with a discussion in Fairfax of Obama and presidential powers by Mark Rozell of the School of Public Policy. We’ve been running this series for four years now. The goal is to get Mason faculty, from the whole spectrum of disciplines, to […]

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Reform and Its Limits

Reform and Its Limits

Last weekend, I met with provosts from the other Colonial Academic Alliance schools, around the annual undergraduate research council.  A good meeting.  It’s actually fairly rare for provosts to be able to get together (there are a few useful national organizations, but the meetings tend to be large). SCHEV gets Virginia provosts together, but mainly […]

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Lessons to Ukraine?

Lessons to Ukraine?

I’m off to Kiev this week, giving several talks and participating in several forums on higher education. Audience and co-panelists will be mainly higher ed officials from Ukraine. I’m sponsored by the State Department (and taxpayers will be relieved to know they don’t pay for business class airfares). The goal is to use discussions of […]

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Teaching Awards

Teaching Awards

The annual celebration of teaching, centered around the awards given to outstanding faculty, is worth note in several respects. First, the occasion has steadily increased in visibility thanks to the great efforts of our Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and the enthusiasm of past recipients, colleagues and others. It should be an important event, […]

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Mikado

Mikado

The following two parodies were presented at the Faculty Arts Board, before the Virginia Opera performance of Mikado on Friday, March 23, 2012:   To the tune of “Titwillow”   Near a tree by the Q bus a cheerleader sat Chanting Mason, George Mason, George Mason And I said to her madam do you mean […]

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

I’m about to start one of my periodic courses with the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI), based largely on Mason’s Fairfax campus. So it seems fitting to return to the topic of the university’s role in lifelong learning and the strength of the collaboration with OLLI. I should note that Arlington also has a vigorous […]

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Toward More Education on Global Problems

Toward More Education on Global Problems

Next week Mason hosts a conference with representatives from universities in China, Korea, Russia, India, Turkey, Kenya and Brazil, with the goal of agreeing on some concrete programs that will improve undergraduate opportunities to explore global issues ranging from environmental change to violence to poverty and hunger. The idea, which I blogged about some time […]

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Containing Higher Ed Costs: How Much Consumerism

Containing Higher Ed Costs: How Much Consumerism

I find analytical tensions intriguing. Here’s one that I think many of us will have to confront before too long, if it is not already upon us: We all know the mounting concerns about educational cost. We worry about tuition levels that price some sectors out of higher education and debt burdens that risk becoming […]

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