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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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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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08 Sep Posted by in Faculty, Region | Comments

Mason’s Vision Series

Mason’s Vision Series

We’re about to launch the new round of our now well-established Vision Series. I’ve written on this before, but a renewed note is appropriate. We conceived of the series now five years ago as an opportunity for faculty from all sorts of fields to present their work to a general audience. Our hope was that […]

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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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06 Aug Posted by in Faculty | Comments

An Outstanding Faculty

An Outstanding Faculty

One of the things we regularly tell incoming freshmen at Orientation sessions is that the University has a distinguished faculty. I always wonder if the students in the audience particularly register on this claim, and if both they and their parents chalk it up to promotional hyperbole (which it is in part, of course). But […]

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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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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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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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Morale

Morale

On a conference panel last week, chatting with colleagues from other institutions — one to the north of Mason, one to the south — I asked, of course, about how things were going. The intensity of the responses surprised me: morale was plummeting amid budget cuts, lack of ability to replace departing colleagues, and larger […]

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