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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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Visitors

Visitors

One of the appealing aspects of being involved with a university, in whatever capacity, are the exciting outside presentations that are recurrently available. The challenge, of course, is that far more is presented than what time typically allows. As with many colleagues, my schedule limits opportunities more than I would like, or forces a brief […]

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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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Power Points

Power Points

I had a really interesting and pleasant meeting recently organized by members of student government. Several other administrators were there and many student leaders. The latter had been encouraged to raise issues with us. Pretty uniformly (there were various subgroups involved) the students mentioned concerns about advising – more about that later – but also […]

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Retention

Retention

I’ve written on retention before (as I’m sure all my readers vividly recall) but excuse a return to the topic.  Keeping students in college is a clear challenge in the contemporary United States where our record has fallen below levels in many other countries. And it’s an obvious goal for educators from substantive and business […]

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Financial Aid Issues

Financial Aid Issues

An interesting debate seems to be developing – though, to date, in somewhat disorganized fashion — over financial aid conventions. I know the subject has come up in Richmond, and quite likely it has wider currency. The topic has to be of concern. Reductions in state budgets have prompted tuition increases at a difficult time […]

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Weather Reports

Weather Reports

This is something of an annual message, just timed differently because of last week’s torrential rains. We received a lot of hate-mail because we did not close down. Many accusations of repeated scorn of human safety etc. Needless to say, the accusations are unpleasant, though they spring often from unsettling driving experiences. And it is […]

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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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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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