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Panacea Technology

Panacea Technology

Current discussions of higher ed, including the UVa crisis, reflect both important realities and farfetched assumptions about the role of technology in education’s future. I am no expert, and we will be learning a lot more in coming months, including at the November conference I’ve discussed earlier. But I can’t refrain from some thoughts. First, […]

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Research

Research

This effort is designed to stimulate intelligent discussion around a topic that is more complex than many realize. We’re heading into a strategic planning process, and the subject of research will be central. Mason is a strong and rising research university, though not in the top tier as yet. Funded research has grown by about […]

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Study Time

Study Time

Many will have seen the recent Washington Post article about declining study time at universities, using Mason as a poster child. You can imagine I was not best pleased with our role. It turns out that lots of places feature study time not much different from ours (including Maryland and UVA — both a bit […]

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The Vision Series

The Vision Series

April 30th is the last in the Visions Series lectures for this year, with a discussion in Fairfax of Obama and presidential powers by Mark Rozell of the School of Public Policy. We’ve been running this series for four years now. The goal is to get Mason faculty, from the whole spectrum of disciplines, to […]

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Reform and Its Limits

Reform and Its Limits

Last weekend, I met with provosts from the other Colonial Academic Alliance schools, around the annual undergraduate research council.  A good meeting.  It’s actually fairly rare for provosts to be able to get together (there are a few useful national organizations, but the meetings tend to be large). SCHEV gets Virginia provosts together, but mainly […]

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Lessons to Ukraine?

Lessons to Ukraine?

I’m off to Kiev this week, giving several talks and participating in several forums on higher education. Audience and co-panelists will be mainly higher ed officials from Ukraine. I’m sponsored by the State Department (and taxpayers will be relieved to know they don’t pay for business class airfares). The goal is to use discussions of […]

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Teaching Awards

Teaching Awards

The annual celebration of teaching, centered around the awards given to outstanding faculty, is worth note in several respects. First, the occasion has steadily increased in visibility thanks to the great efforts of our Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and the enthusiasm of past recipients, colleagues and others. It should be an important event, […]

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Mikado

Mikado

The following two parodies were presented at the Faculty Arts Board, before the Virginia Opera performance of Mikado on Friday, March 23, 2012:   To the tune of “Titwillow”   Near a tree by the Q bus a cheerleader sat Chanting Mason, George Mason, George Mason And I said to her madam do you mean […]

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Toward More Education on Global Problems

Toward More Education on Global Problems

Next week Mason hosts a conference with representatives from universities in China, Korea, Russia, India, Turkey, Kenya and Brazil, with the goal of agreeing on some concrete programs that will improve undergraduate opportunities to explore global issues ranging from environmental change to violence to poverty and hunger. The idea, which I blogged about some time […]

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Obamaschool

Obamaschool

The President’s appeal for accessible higher education at the University of Michigan (a higher cost school than Mason), deserves a reasoned response and discussion. The goals are splendid, but without being defensive, there are also problems attached. I hope we can give the issues wide airing. I was pleased that the President acknowledged that the […]

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