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August, 2009  // Posts published in August, 2009

31 Aug Posted by in Academics | Comments Off on Greeting the Internationals

Greeting the Internationals

One of the pleasant experiences of the week before classes involves seeing the international students, particularly the undergraduates, show up early. This year Mason greeted an unprecedented number of Chinese 1-2-1 students (who had spent their first year at a Chinese partner university, then two years with us, then back to China and ultimately earning […]


24 Aug Posted by in Academics, Business | Comments Off on School’s In

School’s In

As most participants recognize, school years are amusing constructs. It’s so good to see the students leave in the spring (and for Provosts, not bad to see faculty disperse as well), but always exciting to watch things ratchet up again in late August. I’ve always checked myself to make sure I’m still at least a […]


18 Aug Posted by in Business | Comments Off on A Discussion Worth Having

A Discussion Worth Having

It’s too soon now, with the economy still mired, but when things get better it’s really a vital discussion at least for the higher-aspiring public universities. And I was pleased to note, in a cordial and constructive meeting with state legislative and executive officials last week, that’s it’s a discussion that just might be possible […]


04 Aug Posted by in Academics, Business | 3 comments

Priorities in Tough Times

I’m venting a bit, as I get back into blogging. My intention is not to write about budget concerns all the time, but I confess that my two items today are budget-linked. Also, I usually emphasize issues involving George Mason University directly, but this is only loosely the case today. Again, I’m just getting back […]