Mason Core is undergoing a variety of enhancements to better prepare students to be scholars and citizens who thrive in a diverse, global world. Mason, situated in the American South and the namesake of a slaveholder, is one of the most diverse and globally connected universities in the world. We are uniquely positioned to confront the past and teach students how to create a more equitable future. Because recent Mason Core assessment data showed general support for the current program and structure, the Mason Core Committee considered a limited number of enhancements to the existing program with a targeted goal of integrating diverse, anti-racist, and global perspectives in our shared educational experience.
The Mason Core Committee considered multiple models to enhance Mason Core. Based on extensive discussion, incorporating feedback from more than 1000 members of the Mason Community, the Mason Core Committee developed this Enhanced Mason Core framework to enact over the next few years to incorporate Global History, Global Context, and Just Societies. These enhancements will be adopted over the next few catalog years, illustrated in the graphic below.
Most recently, the Mason Core Committee combined the Capstone and Synthesis categories into Mason Apex, a unified high-impact culminating experience.