SACS Teams Praise Mason, Outline Recommendations

Posted: April 20, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The two teams of reviewers from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) had strong praise for George Mason yesterday at a meeting with President Alan Merten and key members of the academic community. The meeting, conducted by Frank Borkowski, chancellor of Appalachian State University and chair of the two teams, signified the conclusion of their four-day visit to George Mason.

In his remarks, Borkowski singled out representatives of the Provost’s Office, including Linda Schwarzstein and Wendy Payton, along with the university’s self-study committees, for their efforts, which he said the teams found to be “comprehensive, honest, and useful.”

As a result of its work, Borkowski said the reviewers will be making only four recommendations for George Mason. The fact this number is “so low,” he noted, should be considered “a major coup.” The preliminary recommendations for the university are:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of its campus safety plan;
  • Revise and update its physical facilities master plan;
  • Require all graduating students to demonstrate their competency with a computer;
  • Document and justify the academic records and credentials of all teaching faculty.

George Mason will have six weeks to address these recommendations once the accuracy of information within the review teams’ report is confirmed. SACS will then take a final vote on George Mason’s reaccreditation in December 2001.

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