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It’s time to celebrate high-quality community colleges

Posted: July 24, 2019 at 3:33 pm

A co-written column with AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillips in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, July 23, 2019 For over a third of American undergraduate students, pursuit of a college education begins at community college. These students are more likely than other undergraduates to come from lower-income families, to be people of color, and to […]

A parting op-ed: Mason delivers extraordinary value to region and state

Posted: July 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

My op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 17, 2019 In just a few decades, George Mason University has emerged as the largest and most diverse public four-year institution in Virginia and a national tier-one research university. Indeed, it is the youngest institution in the U.S. holding a “Carnegie R1” designation because of its high level […]

Katherine G. Johnson Hall: an inspiring addition to Mason

Posted: June 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

When it comes to building and sustaining an organizational culture, symbols matter a great deal. Given the importance we attach to diversity and inclusion at Mason, it is essential that we critically examine how well the symbols on our campuses align with the culture we aspire to have. People who know Mason will immediately describe […]

Mason graduates largest, most diverse class

Posted: May 20, 2019 at 1:45 am, Last Updated: May 31, 2019 at 11:45 am

Members of the largest and most diverse graduating class in George Mason University history were urged Friday at the 52nd annual Spring Commencement to determine how they will make a positive impact on the world, no matter their chosen field of study. The featured speaker, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, called on Mason graduates […]

Digital credential gives grads an edge on the competition

Posted: May 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2019 at 11:39 am

George Mason University’s Mike Fasil doesn’t feel much like a trailblazer. But 21-year-old information systems and operations management major from Springfield, Virginia, will be among the university’s first group of graduates awarded a generalist digital technology credential when he graduates on May 17. “It’s really given me a better perspective,” Fasil said. “I feel like having [the […]