George Mason in the News

Posted: April 22, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received in the past week.

Friday, April 15, Voice of America

Numbers of Foreign Students Declining at US University

Andrew Flagel, Dean of Admissions at George Mason, says changing visa policies are one reason. ‘The number of students who can actually get through the [immigration] visa process in a timely manner and into the United States has diminished dramatically and that has affected our numbers significantly, especially at the graduate level. We are also seeing a decrease in applications from overseas….The Australian universities, British universities, even some new universities in other parts of the world have become very savvy about marketing themselves. It will be important in the coming years for American universities to continue to find ways to tell the stories about our products.’”

Monday, April 18, the Washington Post

6 Va. GOP Mavericks May Face Challenge; Primary Hopefuls Cite Votes on Taxes

“Six of the 17 Republican House delegates in Virginia who defied their party leaders last year by supporting state tax increases are expected to be challenged in primaries, GOP activists and lawmakers say. ‘I’m not sure how formidable they are yet,’ said Mark J. Rozell, a professor of political science at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, April 20, Federal Times.Com

Half of largest agencies do a poor job explaining their worth to the public: Study

“The Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., evaluated agencies’ fiscal 2004 performance reports for an annual scorecard issued April 15. While half the agencies improved their scores from the preceding year, all agencies still scored below acceptable levels in six of the 12 categories on which their performance plans were evaluated. The evaluation criteria were grouped into three broad areas: transparency, public benefits and leadership. ‘It’s disappointing that some of the agencies with the biggest budgets have consistently failed to produce transparent reports that assess the public benefits they produce and show how their leaders are using this information to improve performance in the future,’ said Jerry Ellig, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center who co-authored the study.”

Wednesday, April 20, Houston

Bush Lauds “Man of Great Wisdom”

“It appears unlikely that Bush, re-elected to his last term, will seek the same number of talks with the new pope, said Mark Rozell, political scientist at George Mason University and an expert on religion and the presidency. Still, Rozell said, the president may have reasons to reach out to the pope. ‘It’s good for the party to continue to solidify the church-going Catholic support for the GOP,’ he said.”

Thursday, April 21, Washington Times

TVs Set to Go

“Communication professor Susan Kehoe likes to turn on both the flip-down DVD player and the radio when she drives to see her and her husband Mike’s families in Illinois. Ms. Kehoe, general manager of George Mason University Television in Fairfax, says her 12- and 7-year-old children use headsets and are entertained by a movie or two while she and her husband listen to the radio. The Clifton resident is not alone in wanting digital video disc (DVD) players and TV sets outside of the traditional family room, living room and bedroom settings.”

Wednesday, April 20, the Washington Post

N.Va. Lags Behind Richmond in State Campaign Donations

“Last year, George Mason University professor Stephen S. Fuller told lawmakers that federal spending on homeland security, salaries for consultants and other spending in the region has more than tripled, from $10 billion to about $35 billion in 2003. Northern Virginia has added more than 36,000 jobs in the past several years.”

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