President’s Blog

Youth Unemployment and Access to Higher Education

Posted: February 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

By Callie LeRenard and Ángel Cabrera In January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the national unemployment rate at 7.9%, which is down from a high of 10% in October 2010.  When it comes to our youth, though, the January unemployment rate for those aged 18 – 29 was actually 13.1%. Add another 1.7 million […]

New Mason Vision open for commentary

Posted: February 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

It’s been a remarkable experience to see an entire community of very diverse people, with very diverse backgrounds and ideas, come together to produce a shared vision for the future.  Since we began this journey last summer, over 3,000 members of our community–faculty, students, board members, alumni, friends, business and political leaders–have lent their thoughts […]

Will Internet kill the old university?

Posted: January 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I was recently interviewed by Moisés Naím (international affairs expert, award winning columnist, former business school professor and dean and former Venezuelan minister) for his TV show Efecto Naím.  The man is so fascinating that I wish I had been the one interviewing him.  But that’s not how it worked.  So this should make do for […]

Equality vs. excellence in higher education: the case of Spain

Posted: December 29, 2012 at 8:52 am, Last Updated: December 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

Spanish daily El Mundo publishes today an interview where I analyze some aspects of Spanish higher education as it compares to the American system. Given how critical higher education is for any country’s competitiveness, it is comforting to see this topic gain interest in the Spanish press (see my earlier interview this month discussed here). […]

How does Virginia stack up in public higher education funding?

Posted: December 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

By  Callie LeRenard and Ángel Cabrera   This blog has discussed already the changing social contract for higher education and how students across the U.S. are now picking up a larger portion of the tab for degrees that were once heavily subsidized by the states.  We’re often asked how our home state stacks up against […]

Governance matters

Posted: December 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I was interviewed this past Dec. 8th by Spanish business daily Expansión (interview in Spanish available here). Among other things, we discussed the differences in governance in universities in continental Europe and the U.S..  After years experiencing both systems, I’ve reached the conclusion that governance is one of the main reasons why American universities became dominant and […]

Only honorable business leaders can stop corruption

Posted: December 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

The World Economic Forum’s blog this week is dedicated to combating corruption.  In my contribution I argue that only by changing the dominant value system of managers we will be able to curb the damaging effects of corruption: Corruption will not be eradicated through legislation and prosecution alone. It will take a deep change in […]

Spanish unemployment

Posted: November 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm, Last Updated: December 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

If I had a penny for every time someone has asked me be about Spain’s economic ills, George Mason University’s endowment would be taken care of by now.  In case anyone still cares to know, here’s my take. The Bankinter Foundation for Innovation in Madrid (on whose board I serve) dedicated its Future Trends Forum […]

Realignment? Misalignment? Reshuffling?

Posted: November 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

All this talk about athletic conference realignments reminds me of M. C. Escher’s Waterfall lithograph, where water flows down through a series of canals to end up in the same place.  Every university hopes to move up to a better, more reputed, more distinguished club. They leave partners behind for new ones, leaving spaces in […]

The Mission of the University according to Ortega

Posted: November 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

A Mason colleague recently directed me to Spanish, 20th Century philosopher Ortega’s essay on the mission of the university (José Ortega y Gasset, 1931, Misión de la Universidad, pdf in Spanish). The text is indeed priceless and very pertinent for our ongoing task to craft a new mission statement for the university.  It raises questions […]