BOV Approves Public Policy, Computational Sciences Schools

Posted: January 13, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) unanimously approved the creation of a School of Public Policy and a School of Computational Sciences at yesterday’s meeting.

As of this fall, the School of Public Policy will be the primary academic public policy unit, focusing on the study of national governance, regional development, international commerce, science and technology, and culture and values. The School of Computational Sciences will expand the joint activities of the Institute of Computational Sciences and Informatics (CSI) and Institute of Biosciences, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology (IB3), incorporating interdisciplinary doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs that emphasize the role of computation in performing modern scientific research.

These actions are “significant,” according to BOV rector Edwin Meese. “At present, there is not one single highly ranked school of public policy in the national capital area. Our goal is to fill this void and become a recognized leader in the very important field of public policy,” he said. Meese noted that the new School of Computational Sciences will enhance linkages between CSI, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Information Technology and Engineering. It also will offer more diverse academic programs than CSI and IB3 previously have.

In another action, the BOV approved housing rates for students living on campus for 2000-2001. The rates were not increased.

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