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Regulating Distance Education

Regulating Distance Education

I’m about to issue some modest new rules about distance education at Mason. I’m always uncomfortable with additional bureaucratic moves, so I take this opportunity to explain a bit. Also, the issues are interesting, and somewhat unexpected. We’re working hard to expand distance offerings. We’ve added a lot of courses, mainly at the Masters level […]

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Student Voice

Student Voice

As we begin to talk more widely about university futures, I hope we’ll figure out a way to get serious student input. I say this not to pander (most students have at best the faintest idea that a Provost exists, much less does anything). I really think we’ll do a better job if we get […]

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Research

Research

This effort is designed to stimulate intelligent discussion around a topic that is more complex than many realize. We’re heading into a strategic planning process, and the subject of research will be central. Mason is a strong and rising research university, though not in the top tier as yet. Funded research has grown by about […]

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The Mason Forum on the Future of Higher Education

The Mason Forum on the Future of Higher Education

  Spurred by our incoming president, Ángel Cabrera, Mason will host a discussion of issues and innovations in higher education on Nov. 2-3 of this year. Most seats will be available for the Mason community — a ticketing system will be announced later. Speakers will combine distinguished visitors with Mason faculty. Topics will include what […]

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Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates

I was intrigued by an article last week on the growing pressure on flagship state universities to increase 4-year graduation rates. Part of my fascination involves flagship envy (see the new DSM on this disease). Flagship schools have resources that I would welcome for Mason, which means they have options, for example in the graduation […]

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Pesky Liberal Education Goals

Pesky Liberal Education Goals

I’ve written before about my concern over the orchestrated emphasis on the STEM or STEM-H fields. Understandable concern for American deficiencies in STEM recruits plus the desire to link education directly with first jobs generates an arguably disproportionate focus on STEM, including, in some cases, favored funding. I actually agree with expanding STEM enrollments, but […]

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Study Time

Study Time

Many will have seen the recent Washington Post article about declining study time at universities, using Mason as a poster child. You can imagine I was not best pleased with our role. It turns out that lots of places feature study time not much different from ours (including Maryland and UVA — both a bit […]

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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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