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July, 2012  // Posts published in July, 2012

30 Jul Posted by in Academics, Faculty, International | Comments

Mason’s Access Program: An Update

Mason’s Access Program: An Update

This is the odd time of year when I realize that summer is close to over, as far as my activities are concerned, with the usual regrets about its passing too quickly, and when I also begin to anticipate the excitement of a new academic year. As I’ve written before, when I stop feeling a […]

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Education and Inequality

Education and Inequality

Let me make it clear in advance: I fully recognize that higher ed will be discussing major changes (though not everything will change), and I’m looking forward to that conversation. We’ll need to think about new uses for technology, some different pricing structures—all sorts of things. I do think some of the current faddish assumptions […]

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Regulating Distance Education

Regulating Distance Education

I’m about to issue some modest new rules about distance education at Mason. I’m always uncomfortable with additional bureaucratic moves, so I take this opportunity to explain a bit. Also, the issues are interesting, and somewhat unexpected. We’re working hard to expand distance offerings. We’ve added a lot of courses, mainly at the Masters level […]

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Student Voice

Student Voice

As we begin to talk more widely about university futures, I hope we’ll figure out a way to get serious student input. I say this not to pander (most students have at best the faintest idea that a Provost exists, much less does anything). I really think we’ll do a better job if we get […]

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Panacea Technology

Panacea Technology

Current discussions of higher ed, including the UVa crisis, reflect both important realities and farfetched assumptions about the role of technology in education’s future. I am no expert, and we will be learning a lot more in coming months, including at the November conference I’ve discussed earlier. But I can’t refrain from some thoughts. First, […]

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