President’s Blog

Study abroad!

Posted: December 1, 2016 at 5:32 am

No matter how intellectually stimulating, resourceful and diverse, a college campus may be, there is one crucial learning experience you cannot have unless you leave it—study abroad.  The only way to begin to grasp the immense complexity and beauty of the world we live in is to experience it for yourself from a different perspective […]

You belong at Mason

Posted: November 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

Dear Patriot, Our mission defines us as an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. This was our mission the day before the election and it remains our mission today. If anything, the bitter campaign that just ended and the divisions in our society it highlighted suggest […]

The outstanding economic value of a Mason degree

Posted: October 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

With Kirk Heffelmire The national default rate on student loans continues to decline, even if modestly, according to the latest federal data. Mason’s rate inched up but continues to be lower than our state and national peers.  Most importantly, when considering the financial need of our students, Mason remains Virginia’s greatest outlier (as reported here last year). Student loan default […]

Justice Kagan lauds “remarkable judge and teacher” at Scalia dedication

Posted: October 10, 2016 at 9:47 am

In case you missed it, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan delivered a remarkable speech on Thursday at the dedication of the Scalia Law School in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Kagan’s words highlighting the contributions of Justice Antonin Scalia to contemporary legal thinking are particularly meaningful given the fact that she voted in disagreement with him about […]

Mason and the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Posted: October 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

The opening last week of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a landmark occasion for our country. I’m proud to say that Mason students, faculty and alumni have played a part in this endeavor. They’ve curated and documented exhibits, served as advisors and helped develop the museum’s app. One former faculty member […]

Sharing Mason’s faculty research accomplishments and needs on Capitol Hill

Posted: September 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

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The case of alumna Aya Mohamad Nabil Hijazi

Posted: September 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

With Solon Simmons, Vice President Global Strategy and Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution At George Mason University we teach our students the importance of being engaged with the world around them, of working hard and even taking risks to make a positive difference. This is the spirit behind a phrase with which our […]

Humanities, too, is where the jobs are today

Posted: September 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

By Dr. Zachary M. Schrag Professor and Director of MA Program in History | Department of History and Art History As the fall semester began, Robinson Professor Steven Pearlstein published a discouraging essay in the Washington Post. He reported conversations with his Mason Honors College students, many of whom were intrigued by the humanities but […]

Higher ed’s inequality problem

Posted: September 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm, Last Updated: September 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

In June I had the pleasure of presenting at the Future Trends Forum, an event organized by the Bankinter Innovation Foundation (the Foundation, on whose board I server, is a leading think tank on innovation based in Madrid). The topic of the forum was Inequality and Technology, that is, how technology could contribute to solve rather than […]

Alumni giving is on the rise, but it must grow faster, farther

Posted: September 14, 2016 at 7:47 am, Last Updated: September 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

With Janet Bingham, President, George Mason University Foundation Alumni giving is on the rise at George Mason University. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of alumni donors increased by 8.65 percent and the dollars gifted increased by 72 percent. In the past few years, we’ve seen our first million-dollar gift from an alumnus and an increase in major […]