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

Power Points

Power Points

I had a really interesting and pleasant meeting recently organized by members of student government. Several other administrators were there and many student leaders. The latter had been encouraged to raise issues with us. Pretty uniformly (there were various subgroups involved) the students mentioned concerns about advising – more about that later – but also […]

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Retention

Retention

I’ve written on retention before (as I’m sure all my readers vividly recall) but excuse a return to the topic.  Keeping students in college is a clear challenge in the contemporary United States where our record has fallen below levels in many other countries. And it’s an obvious goal for educators from substantive and business […]

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Financial Aid Issues

Financial Aid Issues

An interesting debate seems to be developing – though, to date, in somewhat disorganized fashion — over financial aid conventions. I know the subject has come up in Richmond, and quite likely it has wider currency. The topic has to be of concern. Reductions in state budgets have prompted tuition increases at a difficult time […]

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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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Research and Balance at Mason

Research and Balance at Mason

The current economic situations and the concomitant federal climate inevitably provoke new discussions of the research mission of universities — and of course, George Mason.  Mason has been on a rapid upward curve in funded research over the past decade with only two plateau years tossed in. From less than 30 million in the late […]

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Transparency and Its Discontents

Transparency and Its Discontents

A really interesting issue arose a couple of weeks ago associated with our search for a new president. Some members of the search group urged that we agree to keep the whole process confidential until a new president was actually chosen. Provisions in our faculty handbook for faculty involvement might be handled by simply emphasizing […]

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Global Priorities

Global Priorities

Mason’s global agenda continues to flourish in many ways with the establishment of the Global Office — a major step forward in coordination and facilitation. I should note that this blog itself was partly written by the Global VP, Anne Schiller. An interesting challenge to global operations involves regional prioritization. Mason is recurrently criticized for […]

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Sidelight on Academic Leadership

Sidelight on Academic Leadership

Training in leadership is much in vogue now. Mason is running the first of several “leadership legacy” programs, assembling people, mostly already in managerial roles in part, for further discussion. I greeted the group last week and was impressed simply by the caliber of those involved, from both academic and staff backgrounds. They’ll learn a […]

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The New Semester Is Upon Us

The New Semester Is Upon Us

A few musings as we gear up for the next round: These last weeks before term actually begins are fairly filled with planning exercises of varying degrees of interest, which clearly mark the end of summer for us administrators. Even before this, of course, we and many others have been involved in the relatively new […]

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Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize

Summer’s over for us administrative types, with planning exercises looming over the next couple of weeks. It seemed timely to remind myself, and maybe others, of issues we are facing. There will be lots of upcoming issues. We’ll have the confusing noises from the state as budgets are figured out and the new Higher Ed […]

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