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Liberal education at its best

Posted: February 27, 2015 at 10:18 am, Last Updated: February 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

It was terrific last week to see two dear colleagues, Lance Liotta and Paul D’Andrea, honored in Richmond among 13 Virginia Outstanding Faculty. The honors included nothing less than a recognition on the floor of the Senate, laudatory remarks by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and individual awards delivered by the director of the State Council of Higher Education and […]

Universities are strategic economic drivers

Posted: February 15, 2015 at 11:56 am, Last Updated: February 17, 2015 at 8:19 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire “Right next to a world changing city, there’s a world changing county” is one of the powerful lines in Fairfax County Economic Development Authority‘s latest campaign.  I’d only add one thing: “right at the heart of a world changing community, there is always a world changing university”. Competitiveness in the 21st century is driven […]

Big Data, Big Opportunity

Posted: February 10, 2015 at 11:13 am

With Kirk Heffelmire Every time you search on Google, shop on Amazon, update your status on Facebook, use a navigation app on your smartphone, or click a link on the Internet, you are generating data. The same goes for when you commute to work, take a test, fill out a survey, go to the doctor, play […]

A new world for college admissions

Posted: February 9, 2015 at 9:40 am, Last Updated: February 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

The chart from UCLA’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program (via The Chronicle of Higher Education) needs little explanation.  The majority of students in the early seventies sent out one or two college applications (the largest number, just one).  The majority today sends out five, six or more (the largest number, seven or more).  Whether it is the […]

Why We’re Building a Well-Being University

Posted: February 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

As highlighted in our 10-year strategic plan, we want George Mason to become a well-being university. We want to provide an environment in which students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of our community can all thrive in a supportive culture and lead lives of deeper meaning. As you can see from this video, we’re well […]

Decline in public support keeps driving tuition inflation

Posted: February 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm, Last Updated: February 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire As we have written here before, one of the major drivers of rising tuition prices in state universities has been the decline in state support. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office highlights the pervasiveness of this decline and the financial burden it puts upon students and their families. Some additional analysis using data from The College […]

Good reasons to study abroad

Posted: January 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm, Last Updated: January 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Short summary of the travel bloggers summit hosted last Fall by the White House.  I was delighted to be invited to speak and to see the White House give this topic the importance it deserves.  Studying abroad is one of the most effective ways to acquire the global mindset necessary to thrive in the 21st […]

Talking Up Mason in Richmond

Posted: January 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

In Richmond yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a half-hour interview with Woody Evans of the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association. We covered a broad range of topics related to Mason. Take a look.

Sustainable Development Goals in a University for the World

Posted: January 23, 2015 at 11:47 am, Last Updated: January 24, 2015 at 1:31 am

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been busy this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland asking everyone here to join forces and commit to the sustainable development agenda that is likely to be adopted in September. The agenda, which in its current draft is articulated around 17 goals, is meant to galvanize the attention, efforts and investments […]

Learning in Davos

Posted: January 19, 2015 at 10:57 am, Last Updated: January 19, 2015 at 11:02 am

Most of us tend to spend the bulk of our professional time with people in our own discipline.  And when we go to a conference, we do the same thing.  Academics spend time with academics, politicians with politicians, business leaders with business leaders, doctors with doctors, lawyers with lawyers. Yet, when we look at any of […]