BOV Approves Five New Degree Programs

Posted: November 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman and Jeremy Lasich

George Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) approved five new degree programs yesterday at its November meeting. They are a joint B.A./B.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, an M.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Arts Management, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and a Ph.D. in Physical Science. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) now must approve these degrees.

Nancy Cooley, acting executive director of SCHEV, addressed the Finance and Resource Development Committee and outlined budget proposals for excellence in higher education. They include a funding model for financial assistance, which would provide $88.1 million in additional aid to help students offset tuition increases. At the same time, SCHEV will promote the development of statewide agreements that ensure efficient transfer of college courses or core competencies among institutions and between secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

Cooley also explained that SCHEV capital and related proposals, totaling $500 million, will help ensure adequate facilities for the 61,000 additional students who are expected to enroll in Virginia’s educational institutions. To address instructional quality, SCHEV has proposed that faculty salaries increase by an average of 5.2 percent each year. In addition, SCHEV will seek to create a central academic research organization, similar to other states, to bolster Virginia’s national standing in sponsored research.

BOV Rector Edwin Meese also announced that the January board meeting will be held at the Prince William Campus, and the March meeting will be held on the Arlington Campus.

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