The Transformative Power of Higher Education

December 17, 2019 As 2019 comes to an end, I want to celebrate and to congratulate all of you for Mason’s remarkable achievements on so many fronts—from conceiving an Arlington innovation district to stimulate regional economic development, to shaping the future in high-quality online education. Above all, Mason continues to transform the lives of our Read more about The Transformative Power of Higher Education[…]

How Does Diversity Form the Foundation of Learning?

November 18, 2019 Diversity has long been a hallmark of Mason. We embrace diversity with such ferocity that we view it as a centerpiece of the educational experiences—maybe the most valuable experience—we offer students because we truly believe that our community’s mix of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, disability, military experience, socio-economic Read more about How Does Diversity Form the Foundation of Learning?[…]

Engaged Students Can Change the World

October 16, 2019 Nationwide there is a discussion surrounding a perceived decline in our society’s civic participation and, as a result, many higher education institutions recognize that we need to renew our mission of preparing students to be engaged citizens. In returning to its foundational purpose, a university education serves a greater purpose than preparing Read more about Engaged Students Can Change the World[…]

Embrace This Year of Transition

September 9, 2019 As a new academic year begins, I know you are as eager as I am to immerse yourself in the exciting work ahead. This is a wonderful time to be a Patriot—we help more students succeed, make stronger academic and scholarly impacts, and contribute more to our communities than ever before. With Read more about Embrace This Year of Transition[…]

The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?

April 23, 2019 You may recall that in December I shared my thoughts about why we need to expand Mason’s online education. This spring, we have had extensive campus engagement through town hall meetings, panels, roundtables, and invited speakers. In many of these sessions, we began to shift our focus from why to how Mason Read more about The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?[…]

Rethinking Academic Excellence

January 23, 2019 Welcome back and best wishes for the new calendar year! For me, the start of a new semester seems like a good time to refresh our thinking on things around us. To some that might sound like a platitude, but I could not be more sincere. I have been reflecting on what Read more about Rethinking Academic Excellence[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education

December 19, 2018 Here we are at the semester’s end and the close of 2018, a time that naturally spawns reflection on our accomplishments. Just a few days ago, the new Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education once again placed Mason in the top tier (or R1) of research universities in the U.S. Congratulations Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education[…]

Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education

October 8, 2018 I hope you’re back in the swing of the semester. Thank you for the feedback you offered in response to last month’s blog. Your input – especially when drawn from knowledge different from my own – is invaluable. I appreciate it when someone enables me to consider a topic in a completely Read more about Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game

September 4, 2019 Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to a great start to the new academic year. I may have met those of you who just joined Mason at the welcome orientation. If not, I hope to meet and talk with you soon. For now, as I Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game[…]

Expanding the Mason-NOVA Partnership

(2018-JULY-24) Dear Colleagues: Next week, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will announce a major expansion of our partnership. Governor Terry McAuliffe will join Presidents Ángel Cabrera and Scott Ralls at an event in which they will share details about the next stage of our agreement and discuss how we plan to Read more about Expanding the Mason-NOVA Partnership[…]

Looking Back on a Remarkable Year

(2018-MAY-30) Dear Colleague: As the academic year winds down, and after sending off more than 9,000 graduates, it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments and challenges. By any measure, it’s been a remarkable year together. Looking Back on a Remarkable Year Mason continues to be one of the most innovative and inclusive Read more about Looking Back on a Remarkable Year[…]

Highlight of Accomplishments, Disappointments and Vision for the Future

[2018-APR-06] When I arrived at Mason almost four years ago, I was thrilled by the opportunity to serve one of the most dynamic public universities in the nation. I was inspired by Mason’s Strategic Plan, which describes an innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible institution of higher education that values collaboration, learning, and social engagement. Most Read more about Highlight of Accomplishments, Disappointments and Vision for the Future[…]

Creating the Best University for the World

(2017-SEPT-26) Dear Colleagues: As the new academic year gets underway, I want to take this opportunity to share with you my excitement for the year ahead. With Mason’s significant enrollment growth and expanding diversity, our students are challenging us more than ever to create an accessible, innovative and inclusive learning environment where all members of Read more about Creating the Best University for the World[…]