Mason Core

What’s New in the Mason Core?

For 22 years the Mason Core has served as a pathway for students to strengthen their foundation in key content areas and skills needed for academic success, to explore and broaden their perspectives through learning across the university, and to integrate their knowledge and skills learned in their majors. The Mason Core consists of 42 required credits for graduation,  meeting or exceeding the general educational expectations for accreditation at the state and regional levels.  

The Mason Core Committee has been discussing how to enhance our general education program 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 is considering 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.  

Because the Mason Core impacts students and faculty members across the University, it is important for the Mason community to provide constructive input and share ideas regarding these enhancements. We know that many people are interested in the process, and would like to contribute ideas and feedback. Please see the timeline for opportunities to share your viewpoint.  

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Timeline for Consideration of Potential Enhancements

June 2021: Team from Mason Core Committee participates in the AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment on brainstorm potential Mason Core updates and enhancements, and shares the results in a workshop with committee members for feedback.

September 2021: Mason Core Committee forms Task Force to create proposals for updates in three areas: Just Society, Global, and Capstone.

November 2021: Task Forces submit proposals to the Mason Core Committee for consideration.

December 2021: Mason Core Committee to create draft plan or plans for potential enhancements to the Mason Core and share with the university community via this website, the Mason Core newsletter, the Provost newsletter, and social media.

December 2021 – January 2022: Feedback accepted via website form, in a digital town hall, and in meetings with interested groups. Please email masoncor@gmu.edu to inquire about scheduling a visit with your team.

February – March 2022: Mason Core Committee uses feedback to update Mason Core requirements proposal and create final recommendation.

March – April 2022: Faculty senate considers updates to the Mason Core requirements.

Please note that implementation of any updates to the Mason Core will be phased over the next few catalog years, as appropriate.

Mason Core Meetings

Currently Mason Core meetings are scheduled to be held remotely via Zoom.

Members of the Mason community are welcome to attend Mason Core meetings as observers. During these meetings, only members of the committee or scheduled guests are expected to participate in the meeting unless invited during a discussion period. If you wish to attend a Mason Core meeting, please email masoncor@gmu.edu from your GMU account for the Zoom information. For information on Zoom and use, please visit: https://its.gmu.edu/service/zoom/

Mason Core Tasks Forces

Capstone Synthesis

Laura Poms​
Jason Kinser​
Jesse Guessford​
Debra Stroiney​
Liz White​
Tom Polk

Global

Courtney Wooten​
Brian Platt​
Ioulia Rytikova​
Shelley Reid​
Shun Ye​
Marie alice Arnold​

Just Society

Lauren Cattaneo​
Kelley Knight​
Shelley Reid​​
Shauna Rigaud​​
Richard Craig​
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi​
Melissa Broeckelman-Post ​
Aditya Johri​
Jane Hooper​
Matt Cronin​
Ben Steger​
Anne Verhoeven​