Mason Core Committee

Mason Core Committee Members 2023-2024

Co-chairKeith Renshaw Associate Provost, Undergraduate
Mason Core DirectorLaura Poms
Undergraduate Education; Global and Community
College of Education and Human DevelopmentDeb Stroiney (Senate)
College of Education and Human DevelopmentAbena Aidoo Hewton (Senate)School of Recreation and Tourism
College of Humanities and Social ScienceJamie Clark (Senate)Sociology and
College of Visual and Performing Arts Matthew Dievendorf (Senate)Green Machine
College of Humanities and Social SciencesSamaine Lockwood (Senate)
College of Humanities and Social SciencesCourtney Wooten (Senate)Writing and
College of ScienceAnne Verhoeven (Senate)
College of Humanities and Social SciencesAndrea Zach (Senate)Modern and Classical
College of Humanities and Social SciencesLauren Cattaneo
(Provost Appointee)
College of Science Jason Kinser (Provost Appointee)Computational and Data
College of Engineering and ComputingLiz White (Provost Appointee)Computer Science
School of BusinessShun Ye (Provost Appointee)Information Systems and Operations Management
Student RepresentativeAarush JambunathanStudent
Ex OfficioShelley ReidStearns Center for Teaching and Learning
Ex OfficioGina PolychronopoulosOffice of Institutional Planning and
Ex OfficioTom PolkWriting Across the Curriculum

Proposal Help

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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. Revisions approved by the Faculty Senate February 3, 2021. Revisions including the Mason Core Director approved by the Faculty Senate April 26, 2023.)


The Committee will work in cooperation with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education on all matters concerning the Mason Core (formerly general education). For all foundation, exploration, and integration Mason Core requirements, the Committee will approve courses to fulfill these requirements.  

 The Committee will develop procedures for assessing, reviewing, and recertifying courses that carry a Mason Core attribute. Utilizing Mason Core assessment data, the committee will review and revise, as necessary, the overall structure and outcomes of the Mason Core. The Committee will review and approve procedures used to substitute or waive Mason Core requirements. 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 substantive change to the university catalog. The Committee will provide an annual report to the Faculty Senate. The report shall include a) The courses approved for inclusion in or removed from the Mason Core, 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.  

 Composition: The membership of the Committee comprises 14 voting members:  

A. Eight faculty elected by the Faculty Senate for staggered three-year terms ensuring that at least 6 academic units are represented, at least one should be a senator;  

B. Four faculty appointed by the Provost;  

C. The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education;  

D. One student elected by the Student Senate.  

Ex-officio members are invited to provide input into the work of the committee and consist of the following:  

 A. The Mason Core Director 

B. A representative from the Stearns Center  

C. A representative from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning and  

D. One representative from the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee


Meetings: Meetings will be held monthly during the academic year. View the meeting schedule for exact dates and times. 


*Please note, that as this is a Faculty Senate appointed committee, proxy votes are not permitted*

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