How Does Diversity Form the Foundation of Learning?

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 background, ideas, attitudes, Read more about How Does Diversity Form the Foundation of Learning?[…]

Engaged Students Can Change the World

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 students for a Read more about Engaged Students Can Change the World[…]

Exercise the Institutional Muscle for Innovation

As the academic year comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for reading and reacting to my monthly blogs. When I began my first blog on “playing the infinite game,” my aim was to find a new way to share my thoughts—while engaging the Mason community—on a variety of complex and sometimes charged topics, Read more about Exercise the Institutional Muscle for Innovation[…]

The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?

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 should develop online Read more about The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?[…]

What does it mean to be a university faculty?

Most of us who chose to pursue an academic career were drawn to the intellectual freedom it offers. We enjoy tremendous freedom in deciding our scholarship areas and career path. No one tells us what we should or shouldn’t teach in our classrooms. If you think about it, few other occupations in our society offer Read more about What does it mean to be a university faculty?[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education

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 to all on Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education[…]

Philanthropy in Public Higher Education

Hard as it is to believe it’s November, I hope you’ve been enjoying the change of season. I’ve always found fall invigorating and the best time for reflection. This year, especially, this echoes my sense of events here at Mason. First, let’s celebrate Amazon’s choice of Northern Virginia for one of its second headquarters. Amazon’s Read more about Philanthropy in Public Higher Education[…]

Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education

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 different perspective. So, Read more about Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education[…]

Expanding the Mason-NOVA Partnership

(2017-MAR-28) 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[…]

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[…]

Office of Academic Innovation and New Ventures

(2016-SEPT-26 ) Dear Colleague: Mason is committed to innovation, growth and financial stewardship as we strive to expand student access and increase academic excellence. I am pleased to announce some adjustments to the administrative structure in the Provost’s office to better align with the University’s strategic goals. To formalize the process of exploring, launching and Read more about Office of Academic Innovation and New Ventures[…]