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Okay, parents. I get it now.

Posted: August 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm

For years, from all over Virginia, the United States and the world, you have sent your children off to George Mason. You’ve fretted about them leaving home. You’ve wondered how they will adapt to college. You’ve fumbled to find that sweet spot between the pride of their accomplishments and potential and the gut punch of […]

Who pays for college?

Posted: July 27, 2015 at 9:32 am, Last Updated: July 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

With Kirk Heffelmire Much has been said and written about the ballooning ($1.2 trillion and counting) student debt in the U.S.. But what does that mean in practice?  A recent study by Sallie Mae puts it in context. – This last year, families spent $24K in college per student, about the same as they did […]

The new face of success

Posted: July 17, 2015 at 9:00 am, Last Updated: July 14, 2015 at 4:16 am

Has someone ever described you in a way that was spot-on but in terms that you yourself had never considered? I had an experience like that recently regarding Mason. In a conversation with Virginia Senator Mark Warner, he said, “Every time I come to Mason, I feel like I’m looking at the new face of America.” So […]

Over-qualification, a dangerous term

Posted: July 14, 2015 at 4:06 am, Last Updated: July 15, 2015 at 3:43 am

Thanks to Spain’s Fundación CYD and the Conference of University Presidents, I moderated a panel yesterday at a conference on the employability of college graduates in the headquarters of Banco Santander. The issue is of particular importance in Spain, where unemployment has soared since the onset of the 2008 crisis. The press has payed much attention to the growing unemployment […]

A life between two higher education systems

Posted: July 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

Congratulations to the Spanish Fulbright Association on its 25th anniversary and a heartfelt thank you for inviting me to join in the celebrations with a lecture in Madrid’s Casa América last week. Thanks to the Fulbright program I have had the unique opportunity to be a student, a professor and an administrator in Europe and […]

Thanks for a great year….and for a bright future

Posted: June 30, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Dear Colleagues, Summer is traditionally the time when we look back on the academic year and reflect on our accomplishments. We have many to celebrate, and they all contribute to our collective effort to build a world-class research university in the heart of this dynamic, world-changing region. 
 With that in mind, I’d like to […]

W. T. Woodson High School Graduation Speech

Posted: June 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

Thank you Woodson Class of 2015 for inviting me to be part of your special day. And thanks to my son Alex, who’s graduating with you today, for not vetoing me! I am really touched. Parents are rarely invited to speak at high school graduations. I realize what a rare privilege this is. I will […]

Idea Power: Business, Academia and the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted: June 25, 2015 at 9:43 am, Last Updated: June 25, 2015 at 9:45 am

I returned last night from the United Nations-sponsored Global Forum for Responsible Management Education (which I had the honor to MC) inspired and optimistic about the future.  When we wrote the Principles for Responsible Management Education in 2007, higher education institutions played little if no role in shaping the global development agenda.  Eight years later, more […]

Lowest student loan default rate means real value for students

Posted: June 23, 2015 at 7:02 am

A college degree should help build – not mortgage – a student’s future. And a Mason degree does just that. I am pleased – but not at all surprised – that George Mason ranks No. 1 nationally on the BestColleges.com list for the lowest student loan default rate among U.S. public universities. This ranking underscores what […]

What college presidents discuss

Posted: June 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm, Last Updated: June 18, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I’m spending the day at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council of Presidents. In the odd chance you’ve been wondering what presidents discuss when they get together, here’s a rough sample of topics: – As a former university president, Senator Lamar Alexander feels the pain of ever-growing higher education rules regulations and is committed to […]