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December, 2011  // Posts published in December, 2011

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

I hope you’ll tolerate a seasonal blog rather than one that’s specifically university focused, though I hope universities can be involved in the process I briefly outline.  It’s the last blog of the year, so time to stretch one’s self. The theme is peace.  I’ve been intrigued – and disappointed – that the withdrawal of […]

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Measuring Success

Measuring Success

This is a short comment, appropriately jolly for the season. One of the most satisfying developments at Mason over the past decade plus involves the increasing number of venues in which we can identify student success. I hasten to add that Mason has always attracted many good students, so I don’t mean to overdo the […]

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Getting Real on Budgets

Getting Real on Budgets

I know I’ve written about budget issues before (they have to be a preoccupation in my job, so I don’t feel abashed about inflicting periodically on others). Besides, it’s the season — the governor will announce his budget on Dec. 19. I know there’s sincere interest in “doing something” for higher education, so we will […]

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Higher Education: Two Perspectives

Higher Education: Two Perspectives

In April I’m giving a talk on higher education in Ukraine at the invitation of the State Department. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know my hosts hope I’ll talk about some of the strengths of American higher education that might help Ukrainian counterparts think about reform in a situation that apparently has not […]

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