Board of Visitors Meets

Posted: October 9, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV), the university’s governing board, has approved eight new degrees at its most recent meetings and adopted a revised Mission Statement as well as a revised weapons policy.

Oct. 8, 2008, meeting

The BOV approved six new degrees. All but one are advanced degrees. The programs must now be approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The new degrees are

  • MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management (School of Public Policy)
  • Executive MA in Public Policy (School of Public Policy)
  • Executive MA in International Commerce and Policy (School of Public Policy)
  • MA in Global Affairs (College of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Master of Environmental Management (College of Science and College of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • BFA in Computer Game Design (The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering and the College of Visual and Performing Arts)

In addition, the BOV approved closing the Master of Arts in Music (MA) degree, which was replaced by the Master of Music (MM) degree.

The BOV also revised the university’s weapons policy to add dining facilities to the list of university properties where weapons are prohibited. The policy now reads:

Possession or carrying of any weapon by any person, except a police officer, is prohibited on university property in academic buildings, administrative office buildings, student residence buildings and dining facilities or while attending sporting, entertainment or educational events. Entry upon the aforementioned university property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.

August 15, 2008, meeting

The BOV approved the following degrees:

  • MS in Real Estate Development (The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering)
  • MS in Computer Forensics (The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering)

Also at the meeting, the BOV adopted a revised university Mission Statement, as follows:

George Mason University is innovative and entrepreneurial in spirit and utilizes its multi-campus organization and location near our nation’s capital to attract outstanding scholars, faculty and programs. George Mason will:

  • Educate the new generation of leaders for the 21st century – men and women capable of shaping a new economy in a global community with vision, justice and clarity.

  • Encourage freedom of thought, speech and inquiry in a tolerant, respectful academic setting.
  • Provide undergraduate, graduate and professional courses of study that enable students to exercise analytical and imaginative thinking and make well-founded ethical decisions.
  • Nurture and support a highly qualified and entrepreneurial faculty that is excellent at teaching, active in pure and applied research, capable of providing a broad range of intellectual and cultural insights and is responsive to the needs of students and their communities.
  • Maintain an international reputation for superior education that affirms its role as the intellectual and cultural nexus among Northern Virginia, the nation and the world.

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