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U.S. Universities as Foreign Places

U.S. Universities as Foreign Places

At the end of May I’m privileged to give a talk at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow on why (and why not) to study at American universities. Mason has a number of partnerships with the Higher School, whose novelty and vigor are impressive. We send students to each other and have explicit dual […]

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Commencement

Commencement

Obviously, another commencement season has come and gone. My reactions to the season are always more mixed than I would like, as I’m not big on ceremonies. University leadership tries to be represented at each convocation, and there are other ceremonies besides, in addition to the big event, and candidly, there are tiresome aspects. Slightly […]

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Budget Priorities

Budget Priorities

We finally completed annual approval of Mason’s budget — virtually a year-long endeavor in terms of preparation and vetting, which means we’ll begin the next round quite soon. At this point our budget discussions seek, I believe appropriately, to balance four major goals: keeping tuition relatively low and affordable; extending financial aid at both graduate […]

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Write on : The George Mason Review

Write on : The George Mason Review

I recently had the privilege of helping welcome a revived and enthusiastic student commitment to The George Mason Review, dedicated to student writing. The Review will publish annually, but with online contributions periodically. It’s backed by a talented and dedicated student group with various faculty support. My comments drew one suggestion that I convert them […]

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22 Mar Posted by in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Full Professors

Full Professors

Every year at this time I hold a session at each of our main campuses to talk with interested faculty about criteria for promotion. It’s the point at which I’m wrapping up the provostial consideration of this year’s cases, so it’s a natural extension to talk about procedures more generally. Attendance at the sessions is […]

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12 Feb Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Everybody Talks About It, and it will become boring

Everybody Talks About It, and it will become boring

Indeed, I’d hoped to avoid the weather altogether. The massive snows have involved a lot of work particularly for physical plant, but also for many colleagues who’ve been working on decisions and options, and my thanks to all. Our decision to reopen Friday, Feb. 12, is like all weather decisions guaranteed to annoy some. We […]

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19 Jan Posted by in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Complaint Department

Ends of term bring a variety of complaints, probably more to other offices than to mine. But we’ve had a few, and they trigger several thoughts. First, I hope we all take complaints seriously. Students can be annoying, and they are often wrong and/or manipulative, but it is important not to prejudge, for a given […]

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01 Dec Posted by in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Ready for Some Football?

This is a statement of considerable but not paralyzing personal ambiguity. The subject is football, as we approach the bowl season. The preliminary is essential: there is no plan for or likelihood of football at Mason in the foreseeable future, aside from the Club status already available. But I was asked several times this fall […]

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