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Tag: George Mason University
Study: Higher Education Funding in Virginia Distributed Inequitably
Expanding on student demographics and enrollment, the recently released second report “Higher Education School Finance Inequity and Inadequacy in Virginia” by Education Reform Now, focused on financial aid and college affordability.
July 19, 2021
NASA Donates $64.1M to Fund University-Led Research Initiative
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded The Catholic University of America $64.1 million—the largest research grant in the school’s history—to establish the Partnership for Heliophysics and Space Environment Research (PHaSER). Through a cooperative agreement between Catholic’s Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, University of Maryland College Park, George Mason University, Univ. of Maryland […]
July 13, 2021
Black Economist, Dr. Walter E. Williams, Dead at 84
Dr. Walter E. Williams, a prominent economist and longtime professor at George Mason University, died last week. He was 84. Williams died on Wednesday, a day after teaching his last class at GMU, where he was the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics since 1980. From 1995 to 2001, he also served as the […]
December 6, 2020
Race and Higher Education in Virginia
I remain fascinated by how the higher education landscape has changed. Madison College now is highly competitive James Madison University. The former Northern Virginia campus of the University of Virginia now is George Mason University. Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University — essentially commuter schools three decades ago — have undergone major transformations.
August 26, 2020
African American Male Presidents at PWIs Start Tenures Amid Black Lives Matter Flashpoint
Drs. Darryll J. Pines, Jonathan Holloway and Gregory Washington, three Black leaders in higher education, now face the challenge of beginning their presidencies at predominantly White institutions (PWIs) during a time of two crises: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and protests over racial injustice in the United States.
August 19, 2020
Amid the Pandemic, Some Universities Plan to Continue Tuition Hikes
Because of the coronavirus, a growing number of colleges and universities – like William & Mary College, Pomona College and Central Michigan University – are suspending price increases for the upcoming school year, while some institutions are planning tuition hikes against pushback from students.
May 28, 2020
George Mason U to Raise Tuition by $450 for In-State and Out-of-State Students
George Mason University will raise tuition by $450 for in-state and out-of-state undergraduates and graduate students, but there will be no increase in mandatory student fees, the institution said in a statement. The tuition hike was announced after the university’s Board of Visitors on Wednesday approved a $1.18 billion budget for the 2020-21 academic year. […]
May 21, 2020
George Mason University Makes Plans to Memorialize Its Namesake’s Slaves
Four years ago, at George Mason University, Black students in the honors college started asking questions: Who were the slaves of George Mason IV, the 18th-century Virginia lawmaker whose name marks the school, and what were their lives like? Those discussions turned into a research program, which culminated in the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial Project, a plan to add monuments commemorating George Mason IV’s slaves in the center of campus next year.
March 22, 2020
George Mason University Names First African American President
After an eight-month search, George Mason University just announced its first African American president, Dr. Gregory Washington, the dean of the University of California Irvine’s engineering school.
February 24, 2020
U of South Carolina Announces New VP of Diversity, Inclusion
The University of South Carolina announced that Julian R. Williams will serve as its first vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Williams most recently served as vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia’s George Mason University. He will begin his new role at South Carolina in June. Williams’ “experience in executing successful strategies […]
February 24, 2020
Coronavirus is Society’s Diversity Stress Test
I was among the 19 million people watching last Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Nevada, the first really diverse state in the nation on the campaign trail. And while everyone beat up Mike Bloomberg, I was waiting to hear someone pounce on an even hotter topic that surely would have made an Asian Americans like myself lean in.
February 24, 2020
Initiative Aimed at Increasing Access for Lower-Income Students Is Succeeding, but Results Are Slowing
A report from the American Talent Initiative (ATI) shows impressive results in terms of increasing the number and share of Pell Grant recipients at high-performing institutions, but momentum appears to be waning.
February 23, 2020
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