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

Measuring Success

Measuring Success

This is a short comment, appropriately jolly for the season. One of the most satisfying developments at Mason over the past decade plus involves the increasing number of venues in which we can identify student success. I hasten to add that Mason has always attracted many good students, so I don’t mean to overdo the […]

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Getting Real on Budgets

Getting Real on Budgets

I know I’ve written about budget issues before (they have to be a preoccupation in my job, so I don’t feel abashed about inflicting periodically on others). Besides, it’s the season — the governor will announce his budget on Dec. 19. I know there’s sincere interest in “doing something” for higher education, so we will […]

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Higher Education: Two Perspectives

Higher Education: Two Perspectives

In April I’m giving a talk on higher education in Ukraine at the invitation of the State Department. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know my hosts hope I’ll talk about some of the strengths of American higher education that might help Ukrainian counterparts think about reform in a situation that apparently has not […]

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Student Voice

Student Voice

I wonder if it’s time to consider a great voice for student representatives on various university committees. Higher education tried this in the wake of the 60s, but then it withered, at least in many places, as student passions cooled and the difficulties of consistent representation from people with other distractions and a relatively short […]

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The Transitions

The Transitions

Every time I talk to a faculty group — and this is true for some student discussions as well, though they’re less concerned — the subject of leadership changes understandably comes up. I’m neither part of nor particularly close to the presidential search process, so I have nothing startling to disclose nor knowledge that I […]

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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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Sharing Classes: The 4VA Project

Sharing Classes: The 4VA Project

Some time ago, the presidents of four Virginia universities — James Madison, Tech, UVa, Mason — agreed with the Cisco corporation and the governor’s office to use Cisco technology to improve mutual coordination and benefit education and research in the Commonwealth. The project is still being formed, and various facets may emerge. One initiative that […]

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Visitors

Visitors

One of the appealing aspects of being involved with a university, in whatever capacity, are the exciting outside presentations that are recurrently available. The challenge, of course, is that far more is presented than what time typically allows. As with many colleagues, my schedule limits opportunities more than I would like, or forces a brief […]

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The Songdo Venture

The Songdo Venture

After more than two years negotiation, plans for the possible opening of a Mason campus in Songdo, South Korea, in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, are now rapidly moving ahead. We are filing an application with the Korean ministry of education. I must stress that there is still some negotiation needed before a real launch, […]

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Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage

Every year, with lots of help from University Life staff, I host a tea with students associated with the many identity weeks that dot our calendar: GLBTQ, Asia and Pacific, Native American, African American, and of course, Hispanic. I can’t claim the events are usually very large — lots of our students barely know where […]

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