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We’re putting less of our collective money where out mouths are

Posted: May 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm, Last Updated: May 16, 2017 at 4:41 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire When it comes to higher education, we putting less of our collective money where our mouths are. According to a recent report from New America 62% of American adults believe that “a higher education system is good for society” and only 26% believe it is “mostly a private benefit for individual graduates”. The very existence […]

Immigrant Scientists

Posted: May 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm, Last Updated: May 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

In my latest op-ed in El País (Spain’s leading newspaper) I argue that Spain should celebrate, not lament, the fact that more and more of its scientists go abroad every year. The country’s meager investment in R&D should be cause of great concern (Spain invests 1.2% of its GDP, vs. the OECD average of 2.4% and South […]

Higher ed arithmetic

Posted: May 9, 2017 at 5:35 pm, Last Updated: May 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

Some aspects of higher education are maddeningly complex, but other aspects are as simple as basic math. Public universities’ expenditures equal roughly what they get from the state plus what they charge students in tuition. If universities get less money from the state, they have to charge students more. You can buffer some of the cuts […]

Why our partnership with NOVA is so important

Posted: May 9, 2017 at 8:30 am

From: President2President , Chapter 10: Pathways to Success: Easing the Transition to Four-Year Universities with Comprehensive Guidance and Institutional Support, by Ángel Cabrera For many, community college is the only viable gateway into higher education. Unfortunately, the road ahead is patchy at best. Most students who begin at community colleges will never transfer to a […]

Washington Economic Roadmap continues to unfold

Posted: May 5, 2017 at 5:11 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire One of our primary roles at Mason is to drive the local economy through innovation and entrepreneurship, continually reassess the economic landscape, and identify a prosperous path forward for the region. In early 2015, with the support of the 2030 Group and other local business and civic leaders, Mason economist Stephen Fuller […]

At Mason, graduation success doesn’t vary by ethnicity

Posted: May 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm, Last Updated: May 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

A report released last week by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows what we’ve unfortunately come to expect: that completion rates for Black and Hispanic students are much lower than for White and Asian students, with rates that fluctuate by as many as 25 percentage points. See story here from Inside Higher Ed. Those national […]

Nuance, imagination and empathy

Posted: April 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

Dr. Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), included this paragraph in his “Dean’s Gazette” last August. At the time, you may recall, the United States was experiencing an unusually harsh presidential campaign. The occasion served to remind our community of the essence of our values. I missed this when it was […]

Mason faculty award honors longtime civic leader Williams

Posted: April 5, 2017 at 5:10 am, Last Updated: April 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

By Preston Williams The 123 Club was created 30 years ago by top business leaders to bring attention to the needs of a growing Mason. To honor that anniversary, the members of the 123 Club are raising funds to support a new Mason faculty award named in honor of late defense contractor and civic leader […]

Call him the space man

Posted: April 5, 2017 at 5:05 am, Last Updated: April 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

By Damian Cristodero   When Ray Rahbar opened MakeOffices in 2012, it had been eight years since his graduation from George Mason University with bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting. There was no gap in his relationship with his alma mater. “When I look back at everybody who helped us get to where we are […]

America’s loss of international students is Canada’s gain

Posted: March 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

With Kirk Heffelmire As American universities face a softening of international student demand, Canadian universities are reporting significant increases in undergraduate applications from abroad over the past year. This is obviously not good news for us. As reported here recently, there has been a relative decline in the U.S. share of international students over the past 15 […]