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Universities vital for dynamic economies

Posted: August 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm, Last Updated: August 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire As we’ve argued before (see here and here), there is a strong correlation between the concentration of top-ranked universities in a country and that country’s competitiveness. Countries with more of the world’s best universities are more competitive, meaning they are more likely to be economically successful in the future. As new data on […]

Five myths about student debt

Posted: August 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire When you see on the cover of the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports the quote, “I KIND OF RUINED MY LIFE BY GOING TO COLLEGE,” you know the feasibility and practicality of financing a college education is on the minds of students and parents. Rightfully so.  But before you reach the […]

Strategic Goal #1: Innovative Learning

Posted: July 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I look forward to next week’s planning retreat with all our deans and senior administration, an opportunity to pause from our daily jobs and come together to think creatively and collaboratively about the university’s future. I am particularly excited that our retreat this year will address in more detail the first goal in our strategic plan: Innovative Learning. Goal […]

Philanthropy in higher ed in the U.S. and Spain

Posted: June 30, 2016 at 4:24 am, Last Updated: June 30, 2016 at 4:26 am

Many thanks to the president of Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Francisco Mora, for the invitation to keynote his conference on philanthropy in Spanish universities.  UPV is a young, public, research university, which has achieved a great deal in Spain in a mere four decades (yes, it felt pretty familiar!). They have had great success setting up so-called “cátedras de […]

Mason graduates make their mark

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am, Last Updated: June 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

George Mason University graduates have a significant impact on the business communities of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., as 88 percent of all graduates take jobs in those areas. Top undergraduate employment industries are technology, government and health, and with 51 countries, 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico represented in the Class […]

Mason Teams with Vencore to Help Agencies Beef up Cybersecurity

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 8:50 am, Last Updated: June 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

By Damian Cristodero A new partnership between George Mason University and Vencore seeks to help organizations understand the value of data before cyberattacks strike and advise them on what action they can take to protect their investment. The collaborative effort comes as cyber incidents are fast becoming one of the most critical concerns of government […]

Sean Mallon, Mason's new associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation. Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Successful Entrepreneurship Takes More Than a Good Idea

Posted: June 29, 2016 at 8:40 am, Last Updated: June 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

By Michele McDonald Sean Mallon’s goal is to turn good ideas into great companies. Mallon joined George Mason University in April as vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation, a newly created position. Many great ideas started at colleges: Dropbox, Reddit, Snapchat. Colleges are natural incubators for startups—there’s ample access to ideas, time, and resources. What’s […]

Mason co-hosts event to help small businesses meet global leaders

Posted: June 16, 2016 at 10:09 am

George Mason University, Entrepreneurs Organization and the Global Situation Room, in partnership with Dell Corporation, will bring together representatives from more than 30 nations to meet with entrepreneurs from across the region. The Global Entrepreneurship Export Exchange (E3) is an innovative event aimed at expanding international trade by small and medium-sized businesses in the United […]

Thank you for a great year of hard work and achievement

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 11:56 am

Dear Colleague, It has been a remarkable year for George Mason University, one of progress and achievement. Together, we helped a record 8,500 students complete a life-changing degree. We attracted our largest, most diverse class ever. We produced scientific breakthroughs in a number of disciplines and were recognized nationally and internationally for our scholarship. And […]

Law School Naming Gift

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

  FROM:           Ángel Cabrera TO:                  Members of the Faculty Senate RE:                  Law School Naming Gift Resolution DATE:            April 29, 2016   Dear Colleague, This past Wednesday I was asked by the Faculty Senate to share my thoughts on the recent naming gift to the law school and to respond to a […]