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May, 2011  // Posts published in May, 2011

U.S. Universities as Foreign Places

U.S. Universities as Foreign Places

At the end of May I’m privileged to give a talk at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow on why (and why not) to study at American universities. Mason has a number of partnerships with the Higher School, whose novelty and vigor are impressive. We send students to each other and have explicit dual […]

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Commencement

Commencement

Obviously, another commencement season has come and gone. My reactions to the season are always more mixed than I would like, as I’m not big on ceremonies. University leadership tries to be represented at each convocation, and there are other ceremonies besides, in addition to the big event, and candidly, there are tiresome aspects. Slightly […]

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Public Universities

Public Universities

An interview recently with one of our bright undergraduates, and then a very persuasive talk by an incoming faculty member joining us from the Washington Post, prompted me to think more specifically than usual about the nature of public universities like George Mason. The undergraduate was legitimately interested in the increasingly blurry boundary between publics […]

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Budget Priorities

Budget Priorities

We finally completed annual approval of Mason’s budget — virtually a year-long endeavor in terms of preparation and vetting, which means we’ll begin the next round quite soon. At this point our budget discussions seek, I believe appropriately, to balance four major goals: keeping tuition relatively low and affordable; extending financial aid at both graduate […]

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Write on : The George Mason Review

Write on : The George Mason Review

I recently had the privilege of helping welcome a revived and enthusiastic student commitment to The George Mason Review, dedicated to student writing. The Review will publish annually, but with online contributions periodically. It’s backed by a talented and dedicated student group with various faculty support. My comments drew one suggestion that I convert them […]

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