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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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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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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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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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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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Federal Follies

Federal Follies

I am a deep believer in the need for governmental regulation to help moderate pure market forces. Earlier this year, I was delighted to see new federal interest in, what seemed to me, some clear abuses in higher education, particularly emanating from the for-profit sector.  But, I know, be careful what you wish for. Currently […]

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The Productivity Dilemma

The Productivity Dilemma

It looks like a key issue this year in Virginia will focus on faculty productivity. A few legislators are gearing up to question whether tenured faculty, in particular, work hard enough and whether changes might occur that would cut costs and, of course, relieve pressure on the General Assembly to add funding for higher education. […]

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