Mason in the News

Posted: August 29, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, Inside Higher Ed

A Bookended Approach to Attracting Chinese Students

“[1+2+1 is] an increasingly popular model for undergraduate dual degree programs involving Chinese and American universities. Students start and end in China in a program structure intended to avert U.S. visa denials and to lower the cost of obtaining an American undergraduate degree. George Mason, which graduated its first 1+2+1 class in June, maintains 12 Chinese university partners and offers 12 degree options that the participating students can choose from. ‘We know when they arrive on campus what their proposed major is, and so we have developed detailed articulation course plans for each major,’ said Madelyn Ross, director of China Initiatives for George Mason. ‘To make a program like this work, initially there is a very labor-intensive period,’ Ross added. ‘We’re still in it — we’re not out of it — but I’m seeing each year that the accumulation of information we have is making it easier.’”

Saturday, Aug. 23, Washington Post

GMU Is Magazine’s Leading ‘Up-and-Coming’ School

George Mason University tops the list of ‘Up and Coming’ national universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the top institutions in the country. It was the first time the magazine had the category, and George Mason edged out Clemson University and the University of Southern California, which were numbers 2 and 3.”

Monday, Aug. 25, Time

The War on College Cafeteria Trays

“George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., is at the fore of the sustainable-dining-hall campaign. In September, it will open Southside, a $10 million 40,000-sq.-ft., 95 percent-sustainable dining hall. Southside isn’t a cafeteria; it’s a full-service food court with takeout meals and indoor and outdoor seating — and no trays. There are several food stations to choose from — including the ‘Spaghettaboutit’ pizza-and-pasta station and the ‘After All’ dessert bar — and each offers its own silverware, dishes and seating area. ‘Without the tray, it just doesn’t give you that “I need to go everywhere and fill up my tray and then sit down option,”’ says Denise Ammaccapane, resident district manager at George Mason. ‘[Instead you’re] saying, “I like this item on the menu today. That’s what I’m going to have.’”

Tuesday, Aug. 26, Washington Post

At Forum, College Officials Assess Tough Grading Policy’s Effect

“Several college officials told Fairfax County parents and students yesterday that easing the school system’s grading policy could help students win some scholarships but probably would not improve their chances of admission to nearby competitive colleges. Speaking on a panel at Luther Jackson Middle School in the Falls Church area, Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions at George Mason University, said there is no ‘secret formula’ for college admissions. College officials stressed that they consider students individually and factor in the school system’s reputation. ‘The reality is that everyone can’t get into the school they want,’ Flagel said.”

Wednesday, Aug. 27, Newsday

Obama Capitalizes on Biden’s, Clinton’s Experience

“Barack Obama’s running mate Joe Biden seems an unlikely messenger for change — a 36-year veteran of the Senate whose son works as a lobbyist — serving as character witness to candidate Obama, who has railed against lobbying all year. Biden has been in Washington so long that he joined the Senate when Obama was 11 years old. ‘There is a way to spin the change message that you can weave Biden into that narrative, but that will be the challenge for the campaign, frankly,’ said Michael McDonald, a public affairs professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He said Obama can talk of ‘change’ as getting rid of the policies of George W. Bush — and that Biden would be his partner in that fight.”

Wednesday, Aug. 27, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Historians Praise Former President Bill Clinton’s Convention Address

Richard Norton Smith, scholar in residence at Mason, joined Lehrer and a panel with Michael Beschloss, historian and author, and Peniel Joseph, professor of history and African-American studies at Brandeis University, to analyze Clinton’s speech at the Democratic convention. Smith said, “It was Bill Clinton who said the era of big government is over. It was Bill Clinton who in many ways anticipated Barack Obama by seeking a third way, almost a post-ideological presidency. And also welfare reform, and a balanced budget, and surpluses, things that people didn’t associate with Democrats. So he redefined the Democratic Party, certainly in economic terms, and to some degree, I would say, in foreign policy, as well.”

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