President’s Blog

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 […]

We need everyone’s commitment to end sexual violence

Posted: September 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Dear Patriots, In the past four days, two Mason students in separate incidents reported that they were sexually assaulted. By now, you’ve received two notices of these sexual assaults along with important information about services and resources available on and off our campus. I know that receiving notice about a sexual assault that has occurred […]

Universities vital for dynamic economies

Posted: August 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm, Last Updated: August 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire As we’ve argued before (see here and here), there is a strong correlation between the concentration of top-ranked universities in a country and that country’s competitiveness. Countries with more of the world’s best universities are more competitive, meaning they are more likely to be economically successful in the future. As new data on […]

Five myths about student debt

Posted: August 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

With Kirk Heffelmire When you see on the cover of the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports the quote, “I KIND OF RUINED MY LIFE BY GOING TO COLLEGE,” you know the feasibility and practicality of financing a college education is on the minds of students and parents. Rightfully so.  But before you reach the […]

Strategic Goal #1: Innovative Learning

Posted: July 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I look forward to next week’s planning retreat with all our deans and senior administration, an opportunity to pause from our daily jobs and come together to think creatively and collaboratively about the university’s future. I am particularly excited that our retreat this year will address in more detail the first goal in our strategic plan: Innovative Learning. Goal […]

Philanthropy in higher ed in the U.S. and Spain

Posted: June 30, 2016 at 4:24 am, Last Updated: June 30, 2016 at 4:26 am

Many thanks to the president of Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Francisco Mora, for the invitation to keynote his conference on philanthropy in Spanish universities.  UPV is a young, public, research university, which has achieved a great deal in Spain in a mere four decades (yes, it felt pretty familiar!). They have had great success setting up so-called “cátedras de […]

Thank you for a great year of hard work and achievement

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 11:56 am

Dear Colleague, It has been a remarkable year for George Mason University, one of progress and achievement. Together, we helped a record 8,500 students complete a life-changing degree. We attracted our largest, most diverse class ever. We produced scientific breakthroughs in a number of disciplines and were recognized nationally and internationally for our scholarship. And […]

Law School Naming Gift

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

  FROM:           Ángel Cabrera TO:                  Members of the Faculty Senate RE:                  Law School Naming Gift Resolution DATE:            April 29, 2016   Dear Colleague, This past Wednesday I was asked by the Faculty Senate to share my thoughts on the recent naming gift to the law school and to respond to a […]