President’s Blog

The social contract of publc higher education

Posted: November 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm, Last Updated: November 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

By Ángel Cabrera and Callie LeRenard Let me add more color to my commentary last week about the public disinvestment in higher education. Though not a perfect public good, higher education creates many positive externalities that benefit society at large. Whether or not you are the one going to college (and therefore the one personally […]

This time around, the prospect of change may be real

Posted: November 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

My introduction to the Forum on the Future of Higher Education (better known for its trending hashtag #masonfuture) is provided in the video above (fast forward to around min 5′). Here’s the short version. Every generation before us has felt that higher education was on the brink of a revolution.  This time around though, it […]

#masonfuture trends

Posted: November 4, 2012 at 7:30 am, Last Updated: November 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

It was terrific to see the hashtag for the Future of Higher Ed forum, #masonfuture, atop the global twittersphere totem pole Friday evening (it trended worldwide for at least one hour!). On Saturday it just couldn’t compete with European soccer, American college football, Formula 1 or the U.S. presidential campaign.  But it still topped the […]

Commencement address – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Posted: October 13, 2012 at 10:27 am, Last Updated: October 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

On June 22nd, before I arrived to Mason, I had the honor of delivering the commencement speech in my alma mater, the School of Telecommunication Engineering of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.  Until now I had not had the chance to post it, so with only 4 months of delay, here it goes. First, the video […]

Value of a college degree in Virginia

Posted: October 12, 2012 at 9:20 am, Last Updated: October 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

I posted earlier some data from SCHEV indicating variations in earnings of graduates from different Virginia universities. These data, as SCHEV itself recognizes, have some methodological limitations.  But they at least provide a broad picture of monetary value of a degree for a graduate of our universities (and I need to emphasize that there many other forms of value that […]

Message from the President

Posted: October 10, 2012 at 10:36 am, Last Updated: October 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Dear Colleague, On August 17, 2012, the Board of Visitors adopted a resolution that charged me with the creation of a new Strategic Vision for the University in collaboration with the faculty and key internal and external stakeholders.  The new Vision will be the basis for a new academic strategic plan and a new comprehensive […]

The Cost and Value of Higher Education

Posted: October 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

By Ángel Cabrera and Callie LeRenard Commentators around the nation are asking fair questions about the rising costs of higher education and the value students derive from it.  In just one decade, average tuition has gone from about 23% of median family earnings to 38% (see Bain report).  And, for the first time, student loan […]

Higher Education, Immigration & Entrepreneurship

Posted: October 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

By  Ángel Cabrera and Callie LeRenard In a prior blog post, we argued that world-class research universities drive competitiveness in a global economy more and more dependent on innovation and human talent.  The relationship between universities and competitiveness is multifaceted.  One of the mechanisms at work is tied to talent flow.  Here’s how it works:  […]

Video: Mastering Complexity

Posted: September 13, 2012 at 9:15 am, Last Updated: October 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

World Economic Forum, Video from the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012, Tianjin, China.
What are the core competencies for leaders in today’s interdependent and hyperconnected world?

Strategic Shifts: The Future of Human Capital

Posted: September 12, 2012 at 11:08 am, Last Updated: October 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

Link to a blog entry and video from the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012, Tianjin, China.