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May, 2009  // Posts published in May, 2009

20 May Posted by in Academics | 1 comment

STEMming Higher Education

I’ve been interested at the new flurry of comments about the need for STEM emphasis in Virginia higher education, emanating from the gubernatorial campaign. I find myself both attracted and annoyed by the arguments. Attracted: I assume we do need more scientists and engineers in the United States. Mason has a very good record in […]


13 May Posted by in Academics | 3 comments


As almost everyone at Mason knows, our accreditation process requires that we develop a Quality Enhancement Plan, and a faculty committee has been hard at work in selecting a focus over the past 14 months. The committee itself, headed by Kim Eby, has displayed remarkable energy and imagination, and the university community is in their […]


07 May Posted by in Business | Comments Off on Budgets


Our budget for the coming fiscal year just passed, with relatively little discussion compared to what might have been expected. Federal stimulus funds almost covered the additional state cut projected for fiscal year 2010, which in turn allowed a smaller than expected tuition increase, and almost everyone heaved a sigh of relief. The same framework […]