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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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07 Oct Posted by in Academics, International | 1 comment

China 1-2-1

China 1-2-1

Quite a few people know about this highly successful program, but a further shout out is appropriate. The program, now in its 9th year at Mason, has brought 264 Chinese students to Mason from a variety of interesting Chinese universities. The students spend their first year in China, come here for two or more years, […]

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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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Commuters and Commuter Schools

Commuters and Commuter Schools

Two preliminaries. First, the initial spur for this blog came from our new University president, who has a knack for asking timely questions. I hope I am usefully embellishing the thought. Second, this is an unabashed effort to have my institutional cake and eat it too, but I think our record warrants the combination; you […]

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20 Aug Posted by in Academics | 1 comment

Flipping History

Flipping History

I’m about to begin my introductory World History course, which I’ve taught at least once a year now for three decades. As the field has developed and I have learned at least a bit more, and as the world itself has changed, the course has altered substantially, so I’m not embarrassed at its duration. It’s […]

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13 Aug Posted by in Academics, Faculty | 1 comment

Honors Societies

Honors Societies

At a meeting a week ago (amusingly held in a robber baron lair in Palm Beach), the Phi Beta Kappa organization voted to approve a chapter for George Mason. We were delighted to be able to join the still fewer than 300 institutions nationwide that have a chapter. Phi Beta Kappa is not the only […]

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Mason’s Access Program: An Update

Mason’s Access Program: An Update

This is the odd time of year when I realize that summer is close to over, as far as my activities are concerned, with the usual regrets about its passing too quickly, and when I also begin to anticipate the excitement of a new academic year. As I’ve written before, when I stop feeling a […]

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Education and Inequality

Education and Inequality

Let me make it clear in advance: I fully recognize that higher ed will be discussing major changes (though not everything will change), and I’m looking forward to that conversation. We’ll need to think about new uses for technology, some different pricing structures—all sorts of things. I do think some of the current faddish assumptions […]

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