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March, 2010  // Posts published in March, 2010

26 Mar Posted by in Academics, Business | 1 comment

Global Universities and Economic Development

Mason has been pushing its global agenda for some time now, thanks to lots of faculty activity and high levels of student interest. The approach involves study abroad, basic curriculum for gen ed through the new global affairs programs (and many others), enhanced international recruitment and our various international collaborations We’ve always justified the thrust […]


18 Mar Posted by in Business | Comments Off on Census, Students and Communication

Census, Students and Communication

Most of us got the census forms this week. Being conventionally civic-minded and also aware of how useful census data can be in research, I’ve always enjoyed filling out the forms. (And yes, I’ve filled out several). Once I got a long form, which put me in hog heaven. I recently learned — hadn’t thought […]


10 Mar Posted by in Academics, Business, Policies | 1 comment

Decisions, Dilemmas, and Erasmus

Recent developments got me thinking about the kinds of decisions I am involved with as Provost. The most interesting set involves policies — what new buildings should be top priority, how to establish a new degree program, what enrollment targets should be, how to build an international collaboration. A delightful feature of my job is […]


04 Mar Posted by in Academics, Business | Comments Off on SACS Is Coming

SACS Is Coming

About a year from now, Mason will greet its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation team. We’ll be sending in our formal report in Fall 2010. SACS procedures now include an off-site evaluation of the report, and then the campus visit, which is particularly directed at the Quality Enhancement Plan but may of […]