Mason Core Committee Members 2016-2017

ChairBethany M. UsherAssociate Provost, Undergraduate Education
College of Education and Human DevelopmentDominique BanvilleRecreation, Health and Tourism
College of Health and Human ServicesCarol Urban School of Nursing
College of Humanities and Social SciencesMelissa Broeckelman-Post

Kelly Dunne

Douglas Eyman (Provost

School of Integrative Studies

College of ScienceRebecca Ericson

Andrea Weeks (Provost Appointee)
Physics and Astronomy

College of Visual and Performing ArtsPeter Winant (Provost Appointee)School of Art
Schar School of Policy and GovernmentMatthew Scherer
School of Business Cheryl Druehl (Provost Appointee)
School of Conflict Analysis and ResolutionMara Schoeny
Volgenau School of EngineeringTamara MaddoxComputer Science
Ex Officios Shelley Reid

Stephanie Foster

Krista Shires
Center for Teaching Excellence and Psychology

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education

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.

Committee Members      

Please contact Krista Shires, Staff Assistant, 703-993-3794 or with any questions or concerns.