Board of Visitors Meets

Posted: January 27, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: January 27, 2011 at 4:03 am

By Robin Herron

At its meeting on Jan. 26, Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) approved room and board rates for 2011-12, as well as new degree programs, a new department and rank change for several faculty members.

The BOV also gave the go-ahead to establish an international research foundation, which would be affiliated with the university for the purpose of facilitating international research agreements.

Room and board rates for the next academic year will increase overall by 4.46 percent, although the actual cost will vary depending upon the type of housing and meal plan selected.

The increases are needed to cover the higher costs of housing operations — staffing, utilities and construction — and to support residential programming, such as Living Learning Communities.

The BOV also approved two new degree programs:

  • BA in Chinese Studies (College of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Executive MS in Management of Secure Information Systems (offered jointly by the Volgenau School of Engineering, School of Management and School of Public Policy)

The BOV approved a new department, the Department of Bioengineering, in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

These changes must be approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia before they can be implemented.

The BOV conferred emerita status on Joan Isenberg, who will be Professor Emerita of Education, effective March 1.  The BOV approved the University Professor designation, the highest faculty rank, for Andrew Hughes Hallett and Louise Shelley in the School of Public Policy, as well as for Mason Provost Peter Stearns, effective immediately.

For more information on BOV actions, see the website.

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