May 28, 2015

Mason Core Committee

Mason Core Committee Members 2018-2019

Co-chairBethany M. UsherAssociate Provost, Undergraduate Educationbusher@gmu.edu
College of ScienceLorelei Crerar (Senate)Biologylcrerar@gmu.edu
College of Humanities and Social SciencesMelissa Broeckelman-Post (Senate)


Communication; Co-chair



mbroeke@gmu.edu



College of Humanities and Social ScienceChris DiTeresi (Senate)Philosophycditeres@gmu.edu
School of Business Cheryl Druehl (Provost Appointee)cdruehl@gmu.edu
College of Humanities and Social SciencesKelly Dunne (Senate)School of Integrative Studieskdunne@gmu.edu
College of Science Jason Kinser (Provost Appointee)Computational and Data Sciencesjkinser@gmu.edu
Volgenau School of EngineeringTamara Maddox (Senate)Computer Sciencetmaddox@gmu.edu
College of Health and Human ServicesLaura Poms (Senate)Global and Community Healthlpoms@gmu.edu
School of Conflict Analysis and ResolutionMara Schoeny (Provost Appointee)mschoeny@gmu.edu
College of Humanities and Social SciencesCourtney Wooten (Senate)Writing and Rhetoriccwooten3@gmu.edu
College of Health and Human ServicesAli Weinstein (Senate)Global and Community Healthaweinst2@gmu.edu
College of Education and Human DevelopmentAbena Aidoo (Provost Appointee)aaidoo@gmu.edu
Ex OfficioStephanie FosterUndergraduate Educationsfoste21@gmu.edu
Ex OfficioShelley ReidStearns Center for Teaching and Learning ereid1@gmu.edu
Student RepresentativeCedric PriceSchool of Integrative Studiescprice22@gmu.edu

Mason Core Sub-comittees 

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

Quantitative Reasoning, IT, & Natural Sciences: Lorelei Crerar, Tamara Maddox, Cheryl Druehl, Jason Kinser, Chris DiTeresi

Arts & Literature: Courtney Wooten, Shelley Reid

Social & Behavioral Sciences, Global Understanding, & History: Melissa Broeckelman-Post, Abena Aidoo, Mara Schoeny, Kelly Dunne, Laura Poms, Ali Weinstein

Synthesis: All


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.

Charge:

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 the Program Specialist for Undergraduate Education at 703-993-5941 or masoncor@gmu.edu with any questions or concerns.