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November, 2010  // Posts published in November, 2010

29 Nov Posted by in Business, Guidelines | Comments Off

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An interesting little discussion has arisen recently over possible new requirements for faculty traveling abroad. Not resolved yet, the discussion expresses ongoing concerns about risk, on the part of various well-intentioned folks talking about campus safety and human resources goals. It also, however, seems to me to illustrate a clear opportunity to resist good intentions […]

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18 Nov Posted by in Academics | Comments Off

Curses

Curses

This is not a big ticket item, but an interesting sign of change. Last fall, when we got the usual nonsense about the characteristics of this year’s freshmen (that they have always have had Internet, etc.), one point made was their universal lack of training in cursive writing. I took that one with a grain […]

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Distance Ed

Distance Ed

We recently had a very encouraging Faculty Forum on the subject of Mason’s expanding efforts in distance education. Faculty and staff interest was high. Facilities to allow colleagues in Arlington and Prince William to participate by teleconference worked fairly well (obviously, given the subject, there were ample opportunities for embarrassment here). I have had expressions […]

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02 Nov Posted by in Academics | Comments Off

Civics

Civics

As we variously ponder the election results, and rejoice that at least another election season and its advertisements have passed, it may be useful to ponder briefly a university role in civics education. George Mason University actually has a surprising number of faculty members interested in civics. Several have authored civics materials for use in […]

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