George Mason Initiatives for 2010 Adopted

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

By Lori Jennings

George Mason University’s Board of Visitors voted yesterday in favor of key initiatives that will significantly expand the university and its programs by 2010. With this growth, university enrollment is anticipated to top 34,000 students—a 17 percent increase from 2005.

The major new academic directions for 2010 focus on growing Mason’s presence locally, nationally, and internationally, as well as expanding key academic programs and improving the quality of admissions and the faculty. In addition, the university is focused on growing its research capabilities, particularly in the areas of “frontier” fields such as science and technology.

“Today’s approval of the 2010 initiatives is an exciting step in expanding the university and fostering its reputation as a world-class academic institution,” says President Alan Merten. “The initiatives provide a solid and ambitious roadmap for outlining our goals and providing direction for the university moving forward.”

Many of the 2010 initiatives focus on enhancing the university’s presence. By 2010, Mason plans to have a recognized campus in Loudoun County, Va.; operate a new retirement living facility with associated educational and research activities; and run a laboratory school and a major arts center on its Prince William Campus.

Internationally, Mason’s presence will continue to grow. By 2010, the university plans to offer degree programs on its United Arab Emirates campus and in India, and should have extensive educational collaborations in China, Turkey, and elsewhere.

Other initiatives focus on improving existing programs. Mason will continue to expand its programs in the sciences and will reorganize its structure for science research and education, including expanding the College of Nursing and Health Science. The School of Information Technology and Engineering will launch a new program in bioengineering and nanotechnology, and Mason plans to expand its collaboration with Inova Health System through a joint Institute for Life Sciences to offer extensive medical training and research.

Mason will remain committed to research and aims to reach the top 120 universities in the United States in funded research, with a goal of moving within the top 100 by 2015. “Mason is founded on creating an environment ripe for scholarship and research,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “To that end, we will put resources behind collaborative programs for students, faculty, and staff that further position the university as a leading research institution.”

To meet this goal, Mason plans to secure new funding sources from its Intellectual Property/Tech Transfer operations, a clinical trials program, international activities, and an expanded development operation, including a new capital campaign.

Lastly, the university is on track to complete 40 new capital projects, including new research and educational space for the School of Information Technology and Engineering, a major new complex in Arlington, Va., and new student residence halls and service facilities.

More detailed information on the 2010 plan can be found here.

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