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October, 2009  // Posts published in October, 2009

Program Creep

I was meeting earlier this week with the Academic Committee of the Student Senate, a very good group with not only some good questions (why don’t we offer even more foreign languages?) and suggestions. One student asked why, given courses in Administration of Justice and Public and International Affairs (and, he could have added, cybersecurity) […]


22 Oct Posted by in Business | Comments Off on 3 Cheers

3 Cheers

A few pleasant items to note, and since I have nothing to do with one of them and little with the other two I thought I could note without self-serving: Yesterday several faculty, at one of my periodic teas, commented on how fine the University grounds look — not a new development, but even better […]


15 Oct Posted by in Business | 1 comment


I assume that by now anyone reading this blog and all the other stuff in circulation knows that public universities, including of course Mason, face a serious problem with state funding. I have no desire to detract from the attention we need to urge to the problem, and will doubtless return to the topic in […]


07 Oct Posted by in Academics | Comments Off on Teaching Challenge

Teaching Challenge

I’m recurrently impressed with the interest and commitment of so many Mason faculty to teaching and discussions of teaching improvements. Latest evidence is the standing room only crowd signed up for the teaching innovations day next week, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. In this framework, I hope we can use some of the […]