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June, 2011  // Posts published in June, 2011

The Productivity Dilemma

The Productivity Dilemma

It looks like a key issue this year in Virginia will focus on faculty productivity. A few legislators are gearing up to question whether tenured faculty, in particular, work hard enough and whether changes might occur that would cut costs and, of course, relieve pressure on the General Assembly to add funding for higher education. […]

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Distributed Campuses

Distributed Campuses

George Mason has its largest campus in Fairfax, though it eschews the term “main campus.” It also has increasingly thriving campuses in Prince William and Arlington and various other sites. The distributed campus principle is meant to be an alternative to branch campuses. Each of the three main campuses has some distinctive programs not replicated […]

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Doctorals

Doctorals

A key change in George Mason over the past decade has been a real maturation as a doctoral institution. A decade ago we had 12 PhD programs, some of them quite well established. Now we have 36 with a few more in the hopper, and some of the new ones have vaulted into real prominence […]

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Summertime

Summertime

It’s no secret that college campuses are pretty busy places in summer. The tone changes a bit with fewer students around (we handle upwards of 15,000 students in summer, about half our in-term number). The fact that some faculty leave also lessens certain demands. And we administrators do get a bit of time for travel […]

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