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17 Feb Posted by in Academics, Faculty | 2 comments

Law Schools in Crisis

Law Schools in Crisis

It’s probably fairly widely known, and not just in law schools, that most law schools have been facing, now for several years, a serious decline in applications. The result is particularly important for the schools themselves, but the results impinge on the wider academic enterprise as well. Again, the crisis is widespread, and I’m not […]

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11 Feb Posted by in Faculty | 2 comments

Different Flavors of Faculty

Different Flavors of Faculty

For some time, as most of my readers know, many universities have maintained several types of fulltime faculty. The clear installation of predominantly teaching faculty was much discussed when I was at Carnegie Mellon, but we had the example already of places like Stanford (which had teaching, research and tenure track/tenure), and we had clear […]

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27 Jan Posted by in Faculty, Students | 2 comments

Caring for Students

Caring for Students

The topic seems apt as we launch a new semester… I was intrigued by a report a few weeks back on what college students value most in their teachers. This was not just a Mason survey, but I certainly assume it applies to us too. The winner by a considerable margin: teachers who care about […]

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20 Jan Posted by in Faculty, Research | 4 comments

Explaining Research

Explaining Research

As pressure for change in higher education mounts, with increasing probing comments from observers—like trustees—who are not part of the academy, explaining faculty research and the resources allotted to it takes on new importance. I think it’s desirable for faculty to participate in the discussion and not simply react to yet another set of claims […]

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02 Jan Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Mason Students

Mason Students

Writing the first blog of the new year is a bit of a challenge. Obviously one wants to make it interesting. On the other hand, we emerge from a week where — professionally — not a lot has been happening (for which we are profoundly grateful). So let me talk a bit about aspects of […]

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16 Dec Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | 1 comment

NSSE: How Our Students Are Doing

NSSE: How Our Students Are Doing

We’ve received National Survey of Student Engagement data for Mason for 2012, and while further reports will be issued by beginning of spring semester, from our peerless Office of Institutional Assessment, some preliminary results are worth attention. NSSE is a national survey that asks students to reflect on learning activities that relate to student success. […]

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The Vanishing Race

The Vanishing Race

For some years educational institutions have been experiencing a fairly steady increase in the percentage of students who choose not to declare race. We had thought this trend might be modified by new census categories that allow multiple race identifications, but it has not. Now the trend is affecting faculty, bigtime. This year about 200 […]

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02 Dec Posted by in Faculty, Research | 6 comments

Nervous Researchers

Nervous Researchers

As many readers of the blog know (indeed, as all faithful readers should know), Mason recently sponsored a conference on teaching and innovation that came off quite successfully. One side effect, however, seems to have been a certain level of anxiety among some of our many research faculty that we were changing the orientation of […]

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06 Nov Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Mason’s Forum on Higher Education

Mason’s Forum on Higher Education

The Forum has come and gone. This is not a formal or detailed review (though it will be a bit longer than my usual blog). The presentations and conversations were lively – it was even better than I’d expected in that regard. Attendance was terrific, over two days overlapping into weekend, which was in itself […]

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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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