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April, 2009  // Posts published in April, 2009

30 Apr Posted by in Academics | Comments Off on How Students Help Us Build

How Students Help Us Build

This is the season when we learn about the achievements of all sorts of individual students. Our students have collected Fullbright grants, they’ve won a disproportionate share of awards in vocal music, they’ve pushed us near the top in Forensics — this list is long and the students impressive. Obviously accomplishments of this sort help […]


21 Apr Posted by in Business | Comments Off on A Thank-You to Faculty

A Thank-You to Faculty

We’re nearing the end of the peak admissions season, and while final data are not in our situation seems fairly robust, which is encouraging in any circumstance but particularly amid current economic uncertainties. Lots of contributions produce these positive results, including the efforts of the Admissions office, lots of deans and associate deans, members of […]


09 Apr Posted by in Academics | Comments Off on The Teaching Priority and the QEP

The Teaching Priority and the QEP

I’m recurrently asked, as I was today, how we can continue to emphasize Mason’s commitment to good teaching even as we develop ourselves as a research university. The challenge is real: we know from surveys that the outside community measures us more by research than by teaching (particularly since we don’t have football), and we […]