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July, 2011  // Posts published in July, 2011

Teaching Administrators

Teaching Administrators

One of the nice features of the ad that attracted me to apply for the Provost position at Mason, lo these many years ago, was a stipulation that a successful candidate would continue teaching. I’m sure I could have talked my way out of this, but I didn’t want to and am very glad the […]

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Speedy Students?

Speedy Students?

A while back I wrote on this theme, but I was newly intrigued by a recent Washington Post editorial urging colleges to accelerate their offerings so that students might be able to finish up in three years. Some schools, including George Mason, have indeed identified fast track options. In our case, we emphasize not only […]

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Federal Follies

Federal Follies

I am a deep believer in the need for governmental regulation to help moderate pure market forces. Earlier this year, I was delighted to see new federal interest in, what seemed to me, some clear abuses in higher education, particularly emanating from the for-profit sector.  But, I know, be careful what you wish for. Currently […]

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