BOV Approves New College, Intellectual Property Foundation; Defers General Ed Vote

Posted: September 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Board of Visitors (BOV) unanimously approved the creation of a College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at its meeting yesterday. The college will unite George Mason’s arts disciplines into a single, academically rigorous unit by merging the Institute of the Arts, the Center for the Arts, and the Music Department. The development of the new college reflects the rapid growth of student enrollment in the arts, the need to consolidate arts programs within a single unit, and the need to clarify the relationship between academic programs and presentations in the arts.

The BOV also voted to establish Patriot Intellectual Properties, Inc., a nonprofit intellectual property foundation affiliated with George Mason that owns and commercializes university-based inventions and creations, returning the net income to inventors, authors, and the university. The foundation, which has its own board of directors and contracts with the university for staffing, space, and services, will enhance George Mason’s ability to own, market, and commercialize the inventions of its people.

The board, on the recommendation of the Faculty and Academic Standards Committee, deferred the vote on exception requests to the general education program until the next BOV meeting. Six units–the School of Information Technology and Engineering, the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, the Division of Dance, the College of Nursing and Health Science, the Department of Music, and the Department of Biology–requested exceptions from the university’s new general education program for select programs because of constraints imposed by accreditation needs.

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