BOV Approves General Ed Framework, Budget

Posted: May 18, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Yesterday, at its final regular meeting of this academic year, the Board of Visitors (BOV) adopted a $341 million budget for 2000-2001 and unanimously passed a framework for general education.

The budget includes a $13 million increase over last year’s budget in the educational and general category, along with a $12 increase in student fees. This student fee increase is the smallest among all public colleges and universities in Virginia for next year.

The new framework for general education is designed to ensure that all undergraduates develop skills in information gathering, written and oral communication, and analytical and quantitative reasoning; expose students to the development of knowledge by emphasizing major domains of thought and methods of inquiry; enable students to attain a breadth of knowledge that supports their specializations and contributes to their education in both personal and professional terms; and encourage students to make important connections across boundaries.

The board noted that passage of this framework represents an “initial stage.” In terms of such work as developing proficiency examinations for all foundation courses and singly required courses and taking a more detailed look at the mathematics and engineering core, refinements on general education at George Mason will continue. Core requirements identified in this framework include at least one course in literature, one course in the arts, two approved science courses, an approved course to enhance greater global understanding, a course in social and behavioral sciences, a course in U.S. history, and a course in Western civilization. A complete copy of the framework for general education as approved by the BOV is available in the Provost’s Office.

In other action, the board named Sarah Streett, a government and international politics major, as its student member for next year. This year, Streett served as the BOV’s student alternate. The new student alternate is Daniel Harvey, a first-year law student.

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