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October, 2012  // Posts published in October, 2012

28 Oct Posted by in Academics, Faculty, Students | Comments

Mason’s Higher Education Forum

Mason’s Higher Education Forum

On November 2-3, Mason will host a mix of outside and internal presenters on key topics concerning the future of higher education. The audience will be largely Mason faculty, staff, students and friends, but we’ll have some visitors here as well. The purpose is at once to further conversations about vital higher education issues in […]

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21 Oct Posted by in Academics, Faculty | Comments

Academic Life

Academic Life

It’s pretty clear that those of us in the academic racket should be thinking about the changes likely in our line of work, and what we should be telling future aspirants. The auguries are not good in some respects, though of course there will be great variety depending on field, with areas like my discipline […]

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Budgets and Tuitions

Budgets and Tuitions

A recent visit from a legislative official—seemingly a nice, responsible guy and a friend of Mason—brought comments about his bafflement about how higher education costs keep soaring, tuitions keep rising, there must be a storehouse of waste and inefficiency. I was, frankly, nonplussed—not at the comments, which are now common enough, but at the source, […]

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07 Oct Posted by in Academics, International | 1 comment

China 1-2-1

China 1-2-1

Quite a few people know about this highly successful program, but a further shout out is appropriate. The program, now in its 9th year at Mason, has brought 264 Chinese students to Mason from a variety of interesting Chinese universities. The students spend their first year in China, come here for two or more years, […]

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