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October, 2011  // Posts published in October, 2011

Visitors

Visitors

One of the appealing aspects of being involved with a university, in whatever capacity, are the exciting outside presentations that are recurrently available. The challenge, of course, is that far more is presented than what time typically allows. As with many colleagues, my schedule limits opportunities more than I would like, or forces a brief […]

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The Songdo Venture

The Songdo Venture

After more than two years negotiation, plans for the possible opening of a Mason campus in Songdo, South Korea, in the Incheon Free Economic Zone, are now rapidly moving ahead. We are filing an application with the Korean ministry of education. I must stress that there is still some negotiation needed before a real launch, […]

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Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage

Every year, with lots of help from University Life staff, I host a tea with students associated with the many identity weeks that dot our calendar: GLBTQ, Asia and Pacific, Native American, African American, and of course, Hispanic. I can’t claim the events are usually very large — lots of our students barely know where […]

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Power Points

Power Points

I had a really interesting and pleasant meeting recently organized by members of student government. Several other administrators were there and many student leaders. The latter had been encouraged to raise issues with us. Pretty uniformly (there were various subgroups involved) the students mentioned concerns about advising – more about that later – but also […]

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Retention

Retention

I’ve written on retention before (as I’m sure all my readers vividly recall) but excuse a return to the topic.  Keeping students in college is a clear challenge in the contemporary United States where our record has fallen below levels in many other countries. And it’s an obvious goal for educators from substantive and business […]

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