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A multidisciplinary symposium to advance security research

Posted: February 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

By Provost S. David Wu. Mason will host the second annual Provost’s Multidisciplinary Research Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Mason Global Center. The event will focus on all aspects of security. In this guest post, Provost S. David Wu tells us why bringing together faculty across Mason departments, and introducing […]

Mason achieves highest Carnegie research classification

Posted: February 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

This was a momentous week in the history of our university. Having just become a university in the seventies and a doctoral-granting institution in the nineties, one of our strategic goals for this decade was to become a tier-one research university.  That aspiration was met earlier this week, when the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of […]

Public universities getting more effective and efficient

Posted: February 2, 2016 at 10:18 am, Last Updated: February 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

With Kirk Heffelmire The rate of degree production and the cost per degree at public institutions both improved over the past decade. This means that universities are helping students better complete their studies and are doing so more efficiently. These data come from a recent report from the Delta Cost Project summarizes the financial position of […]

Mixed news on state support for higher education

Posted: January 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Good news first: state support for higher education increased last year. Newly released data by researchers at Illinois State University show an increase of 4.1 percent in state support last year. In Virginia too, public support grew, although at a slower rate of 2.9 percent. Every year since 1960, the Grapevine survey compiles the fiscal support states offer to higher education. The […]


Posted: January 27, 2016 at 10:26 am, Last Updated: January 27, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Hopefully snow and ice won’t get in the way of tomorrow’s Mason Lobbies day.  Every year around this time, a student-led delegation from Mason pays a visit to Virginia’s legislators to advocate for investments in higher education in our state. Mason Lobbies, now in its fourth year, is a great learning experience and an effective advocacy tool. Our […]

Myth and reality of college graduate underemployment

Posted: January 21, 2016 at 7:58 am

The stereotype of the college graduate working as a barista or at other low-wage service jobs is sometimes used to question the value of a college degree.  Yet, research from economists at the New York Federal Reserve debunks the myth and puts it in context. Even underemployed college graduates often work in higher-paying jobs than their […]

Mason, a hot spot on region’s ‘Roadmap’

Posted: January 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm, Last Updated: January 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

“The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future” runs through George Mason and other area universities that can help produce the talent and ideas that will steer our economy toward national and international markets and away from a reliance on federal spending. That was one takeaway from the extensive report that Mason economist Stephen Fuller delivered to […]

Mason, Inova ring in new year with crucial partnership

Posted: January 6, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Happy New Year! But first, Happy Old Year! In case you missed it: While faculty and staff were on their well-deserved holiday break, Governor McAuliffe late last month announced a groundbreaking partnership between Mason and Inova Health System that will establish Northern Virginia as a competitive hub in the growing field of personalized medicine. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Inova […]

Learning does not end at graduation

Posted: December 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm

I very much look forward to celebrating the academic accomplishment of the 4,000 students graduating on Saturday. A customary piece of advice in these circumstances is the idea that learning shouldn’t end at graduation, that learning is a life-long journey, that the most valuable outcome of going to college should be the desire to staying on that journey. […]

Serious games, serious tech transfer

Posted: December 16, 2015 at 6:02 pm

I had the opportunity to tour the Virginia Serious Games Institute again yesterday.  Located in our Science and Technology Campus, VSGI helps students, faculty and other entrepreneurs advance gaming technology, develop prototypes and create products with commercial value to help tackle real-world problems. It’s remarkable how much VSGI has accomplished in its less than two years of existence. […]