budget forum

Editor’s Blog: Mason’s funding problem in one question

At a regularly held budget forum on Oct. 10, two senior university officials painted an optimistic picture of the future of Mason’s finances, but emphasized that many challenges remain.

Provost Peter Stearns and Senior Vice President JJ Davis, presented a number of data sets revealing little support Mason receives as a public university. For example, out of Virginia’s six doctoral institutions, Mason receives the lowest per-FTE (full time equivalent) student funding. At the same time, the university spends 62 percent that of its peer institutions.

Tuition to rise starting this fall

The faculty and staff of George Mason University gathered Wednesday in the Johnson Center Cinema to hear Senior Vice President Maurice Scherrens and Provost Peter Stearns give an update on the university’s budget.

With very few students in attendance, faculty and staff members filled the cinema hoping to hear about potential salary increases and an updates on tuition increases.

On the minds of many students is the increase in tuition rates.