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Freedom to learn

Posted: April 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm, Last Updated: April 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

If you have never attended Mason’s International Dance Competition, don’t miss the opportunity this coming Thursday (4/16, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts). It is one of the most energizing and engaging student events on campus. It is also a wonderful display of the type of university George Mason is. One of our core values […]

Sharing the Mason story with Kojo Nnamdi

Posted: April 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

I greatly enjoyed my radio visit Wednesday afternoon with NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU, 88.5. In a wide-ranging interview that you can listen to here, Kojo and I discussed how George Mason University has blossomed into the largest public university in the state. With questions from several callers, Kojo and I touched on Mason’s research […]

Update on work against sexual violence

Posted: March 27, 2015 at 8:00 am, Last Updated: March 26, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Letter to the Mason community. Dear Patriot, In August of last year, I invited a group of faculty, staff, students, and community members to come together to serve on a university-wide Task Force on Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence. Faculty and practitioners brought their considerable experience and expertise to this issue in the areas of […]

Dean Polsby on Freedom of Speech

Posted: March 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm, Last Updated: March 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Dear Member of the Mason Community, I want to share with you this letter from Mason School of Law Dean Daniel D. Polsby, concerning freedom of speech in academic institutions. Dean Polsby wrote this Wednesday night to the School of Law Alumni Board: Emails to various members of the Mason community have informed us that […]

What makes metro Washington a great place to go to college

Posted: March 25, 2015 at 10:41 am, Last Updated: March 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

With Kirk Hefflemire The value and attractiveness of a university is not only on campus, but across the local area as well. The American Institute for Economic Research produces an annual ranking of regions called the College Destinations Index. The Washington, D.C., area is the second-best region for college students among large metropolitan areas, just behind […]

Freedom and Learning Forum welcomes Cuban journalist Yoani Sánchez

Posted: March 16, 2015 at 8:00 am, Last Updated: March 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Robert Jarvik, an American physician who invented an artificial heart, once said, “Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear, and no concept of the odds against them.” I just met a person who passes the Jarvik test in spades. And if you join me at the Freedom and Learning Forum from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. […]

Cyber security risks and opportunities

Posted: March 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm, Last Updated: March 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm

The same tools that have made us more productive and interconnected–namely the Internet and the cellphone–have also made us more vulnerable. It’s not just our personal privacy that is at stake. Intellectual property, financial transactions, aviation, energy grids, medical devices, automobiles, even our national security, are facing risks that we’ve never faced before. Tackling these […]

Ranking matters

Posted: March 12, 2015 at 9:38 am, Last Updated: March 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

We do not measure our university’s success by media rankings. We measure it by the impact we have on our students, our community, and the world we live in. So I am always cautious about lending too much attention to what rankings say about us. Yet I recognize that rankings influence public perceptions about our quality. […]

Alternative spring break: learning by engaging in real-world issues

Posted: March 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

Spring break doesn’t need to be a time to pause learning.  It can be an opportunity to accelerate it. That’s the theory and practice behind the Social Action & Integrative Learning program (SAIL) offered by the New Century College. About 60 students are taking Alternative Break (AB) trips, to engage in real-world challenges and embed […]

Update on the 2016 budget

Posted: March 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm, Last Updated: March 4, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Dear Member of the George Mason University Community, The Commonwealth of Virginia’s 2015 legislative session came to a close last week, and I’m pleased to report that the proposed budget is positive for higher education in general and for George Mason University in particular. Highlights from the session include increased funding for student financial aid, […]