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September, 2011  // Posts published in September, 2011

Financial Aid Issues

Financial Aid Issues

An interesting debate seems to be developing – though, to date, in somewhat disorganized fashion — over financial aid conventions. I know the subject has come up in Richmond, and quite likely it has wider currency. The topic has to be of concern. Reductions in state budgets have prompted tuition increases at a difficult time […]

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Weather Reports

Weather Reports

This is something of an annual message, just timed differently because of last week’s torrential rains. We received a lot of hate-mail because we did not close down. Many accusations of repeated scorn of human safety etc. Needless to say, the accusations are unpleasant, though they spring often from unsettling driving experiences. And it is […]

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Research and Balance at Mason

Research and Balance at Mason

The current economic situations and the concomitant federal climate inevitably provoke new discussions of the research mission of universities — and of course, George Mason.  Mason has been on a rapid upward curve in funded research over the past decade with only two plateau years tossed in. From less than 30 million in the late […]

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Transparency and Its Discontents

Transparency and Its Discontents

A really interesting issue arose a couple of weeks ago associated with our search for a new president. Some members of the search group urged that we agree to keep the whole process confidential until a new president was actually chosen. Provisions in our faculty handbook for faculty involvement might be handled by simply emphasizing […]

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