Mason Core Committee

Mason Core Committee Members 2021-2022

Co-chairBethany M. UsherAssociate Provost, Undergraduate
Co-chairLaura Poms (Senate)
Global and Community
College of Education and Human DevelopmentAbena Aidoo (Senate)School of Recreation and Tourism
College of Humanities and Social ScienceJane Hooper (Senate)Art
College of Visual and Performing ArtsBen Steger (Senate) Film and Video
College of Education and Human DevelopmentDeb Stroiney (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-*On leave spring 2022)
School of BusinessMatthew Cronin** (Provost Appointee-sub spring 2022)Management
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 RepresentativeZayd HamidStudent
Ex OfficioShelley ReidStearns Center for Teaching and Learning
Assessment Gina PolychronopoulosOffice of Institutional Planning and

Proposal Help

The Mason Core members are available to answer questions related to proposal creation and submission. Contact information is listed above.

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

Please contact the Program Specialist for Undergraduate Education with any questions or concerns.