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Steering the Washington regional economy

Posted: November 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

It’s not surprising that our local media is paying increasing attention to the health and future of the Washington regional economy (see examples here and here). The National Capital Region has been a remarkable success story over the past few decades.  The region ranks among the best in the country for economic output, wages, employment, economic attainment and much more. […]

Study abroad should become the norm

Posted: November 18, 2015 at 10:20 am

The good news first: the number of international students in the U.S. and the number Americans studying abroad are both growing. Then the not so good: only about 10% of American students will graduate from college having studied abroad.  This poses real questions about how well prepared our graduates will be to engage in an increasingly globalized economy. […]

Racism has no place at George Mason University

Posted: November 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Dear Patriots, Racism has no place at George Mason University. We are not isolated from race-related incidents occurring across the nation. Just last evening, a racially offensive image was found in one of our residence halls. The image was demeaning, dehumanizing, and unfit for our community. University authorities are investigating this incident. But the work […]

See you at the game on Friday night

Posted: November 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Our men’s basketball team tips off its season at 7 p.m. Friday at EagleBank Arena. This will be our first game under new coach Dave Paulsen, who has been all over campus and in the greater community meeting program supporters and winning over new ones. I am excited about the energy and enthusiasm that Coach […]

Student debt trends

Posted: November 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire As we discussed here, the decline in state support is shifting the burden of higher education to students and their families.  A direct consequence of this trend is that students are taking on more debt. According to the Institute for College Access & Success’s Student Debt and the Class of 2014 report, the average amount of debt […]

Mason among best universities in adding value

Posted: November 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm

When we evaluate a university’s outcomes–graduation rates, employment success, etc.–how much of it is a function of what the university does, and how much is determined by things the university doesn’t have much influence over: where it is located, the background of their students before they enroll, etc.? We discussed here how student loan default rates, for example, can […]

Mason alumni returning to World Series

Posted: October 27, 2015 at 10:00 am, Last Updated: October 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

The George Mason Patriots, er, Kansas City Royals are back in the World Series! We’re more than happy to mix in a little royal blue with our Green and Gold at this time of year. Four Kansas City Royals executives and scouts are Mason graduates (and two Mason student athletes last spring were drafted into the […]

A welcome to Dr. Scott Ralls, new NOVA president

Posted: October 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm

George Mason on Friday formally welcomed to the Mason Nation family the new president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Dr. Scott Ralls. In his remarks to our leadership team, he described our two institutions as “siblings” with complementary missions and capabilities and a history of exemplary collaboration.  He also highlighted how, by further strengthening our relationship, […]

Why we are building a well-being university

Posted: October 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm, Last Updated: October 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

By Kathleen deLaski, via The Washington Post My father spent his life openly searching for meaning. He served as deacon of our Presbyterian Church, followed an Indian guru through the ’80s and ’90s, and channeled with seers to get in touch with his past lives. The bookshelves of my childhood held the mysteries of the […]

A weekend to remember

Posted: October 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm, Last Updated: October 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

This past weekend we saluted future Mason students, current Mason students, and past Mason students. In the span of a few days, the university hosted Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, and Admissions’ Fall Premiere Open House, and kicked off the start of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons with Mason Madness. All in all, it was […]