Mason Core Committee Members 2016-2017
|Chair||Bethany M. Usher||Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education|
|College of Education and Human Development||Dominique Banville||Recreation, Health and Tourism|
|College of Health and Human Services||Carol Urban||School of Nursing|
|College of Humanities and Social Sciences||Melissa Broeckelman-Post|
Douglas Eyman (Provost
School of Integrative Studies
|College of Science||Rebecca Ericson|
Andrea Weeks (Provost Appointee)
|Physics and Astronomy
|College of Visual and Performing Arts||Peter Winant (Provost Appointee)||School of Art|
|Schar School of Policy and Government||Matthew Scherer|
|School of Business||Cheryl Druehl (Provost Appointee)|
|School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution||Mara Schoeny|
|Volgenau School of Engineering||Tamara Maddox||Computer Science|
|Ex Officios||Shelley Reid |
|Center for Teaching Excellence and Psychology
Mason Core Committee
(Charge as revised and approved by the Faculty Senate – April 1, 2009, composition of membership amended September 7, 2011. Revisions including new name: Mason Core Committee approved by the Faculty Senate Dec. 4, 2013)
Composition: The membership of the Committee comprises 14 voting members:
A. Eight elected from the Faculty Senate for staggered three year terms ensuring that most academic units are represented, one at least should be a senator;
B. Four faculty appointed by the Provost;
C. The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education; and
D. A representative from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (ex-officio);
E. A representative from the Office of Institutional Assessment (ex-officio); and
F. One student elected by the Student Senate.
A. The Committee will work in cooperation with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education on all matters concerning the Mason Core (formerly general education).
B. For all foundation, core, and –synthesis and/or capstone experience Mason Core requirements, the Committee will approve courses to fulfill these requirements. The Committee will develop procedures for the measurement of “satisfactory skills in oral and written presentations” for the synthesis and/or capstone experience requirement, and work with the Office of the Provost to develop procedures for the demonstration of these skills.
C. The Committee will approve and monitor, through periodic review, the proficiency examinations related to the Mason Core requirements, the competency tests, and any other alternatives proposed to fulfill the requirements.
D. The Committee will maintain a file of all proficiency examinations and will approve policies related to their administration.
E. The Committee will confer with the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Policies when changes to Mason Core requirements impact the entire university and/or would be a change to the university catalog.
F. The Committee will provide an annual report to the Faculty Senate. The report shall include:
a) The number of students taking and passing proficiency examinations; and
b) Changes in the criteria for the Mason Core;
More frequent reports to the Faculty Senate might take place as adjustments to the Mason Core program may warrant.
Please contact Krista Shires, Staff Assistant, 703-993-3794 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.