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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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The New Semester Is Upon Us

The New Semester Is Upon Us

A few musings as we gear up for the next round: These last weeks before term actually begins are fairly filled with planning exercises of varying degrees of interest, which clearly mark the end of summer for us administrators. Even before this, of course, we and many others have been involved in the relatively new […]

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Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize

Summer’s over for us administrative types, with planning exercises looming over the next couple of weeks. It seemed timely to remind myself, and maybe others, of issues we are facing. There will be lots of upcoming issues. We’ll have the confusing noises from the state as budgets are figured out and the new Higher Ed […]

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Teaching Administrators

Teaching Administrators

One of the nice features of the ad that attracted me to apply for the Provost position at Mason, lo these many years ago, was a stipulation that a successful candidate would continue teaching. I’m sure I could have talked my way out of this, but I didn’t want to and am very glad the […]

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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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Doctorals

Doctorals

A key change in George Mason over the past decade has been a real maturation as a doctoral institution. A decade ago we had 12 PhD programs, some of them quite well established. Now we have 36 with a few more in the hopper, and some of the new ones have vaulted into real prominence […]

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Retaining Faculty

Retaining Faculty

Every year at this time our institutional research office reports on faculty departures from the previous academic year to this one. The data are interesting. The attrition rate for instructional faculty was 5%, one percent below the previous year and the same as the year before that. The rate is low by national standards for […]

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