BOV Creates Task Force on Faculty Rewards

Posted: November 22, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A recommendation to create a special task force to review rewards and incentives for faculty, including both tenure- and non-tenure matters, was unanimously adopted by the Board of Visitors (BOV) yesterday’s meeting.

This committee, according to BOV Rector Edwin Meese, will be comprised of members of the board along with representatives of the faculty and administration. While the BOV did not specify an exact size of the committee, nor its specific numerical break down, Meese said he and President Alan Merten would collaborate on all appointments.

In other action, the BOV approved the creation of an undergraduate major in religious studies. Since 1982, there has been a concentration in religious studies within the Philosophy Department. In the past 10 years, an estimated 10,000 students have taken classes in religious studies at the university.

The BOV also approved requests for four single-course, general education exceptions. These exceptions are in the areas of School of Information Technology and Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Finally, the BOV unanimously approved the university’s strategic plan for the distributed campus system. According to Provost Peter Stearns, this five-year plan ties George Mason to projected growth patterns in Northern Virginia and, particularly at the graduate school level, to needs and opportunities on labor force development.

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