President Merten Addresses Faculty Senate

Posted: April 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason President Alan Merten discussed the university’s budget and preparations for the university’s next five-year plan in his biannual address to the Faculty Senate on Wednesday.

Saying, “We’re fighting for our piece of the capital budget pie,” Merten noted that the Virginia General Assembly is still considering a bond package that would affect Mason’s construction plans.

In addition, Merten said the university wants to raise tuition, and he agrees with other universities in the commonwealth that boards of visitors should have the authority to set tuition. Merten said he had written a letter to Gov. Timothy Kaine explaining why Mason needs to raise tuition. Merten hopes to discuss the matter with him personally.

Merten also said that academic and administrative units are being asked to review their 2010 plans and assess how the unit has done so far in meeting the goals stated in the plan. The assessment, which will be used to prepare for the next five-year plan, should be submitted to Linda Schwartzstein, vice provost for academic affairs, by Wednesday, April 30.

The senate approved a motion to recommend emeritus status to several professors who do not qualify for the rank under the terms of the current Faculty Handbook but have retired with “long and loyal service with demonstrated dedication.”

Several motions related to creating new committees on compensation were deferred to the next meeting.

For more information, see the Faculty Senate web site.

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