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Mason signs partnership to provide free coding skills to students, alumni

February 7, 2017   /   by Preston Williams

Fewer than 3 percent of college students earn a degree in computer science, even though computing jobs are among the best-paying for new graduates, Fortune reported last year.

To address that gap, the university is partnering with technology talent development company Revature to provide free online and on-site coding training to George Mason University students and recent graduates. The partnership offers George Mason students of all majors high-demand skills that will give them an edge in the job market and professional development that otherwise would cost thousands of dollars. The career jumpstart at the end of the program is a two-year opportunity with top employers such as Accenture, Capital One, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard and Walmart.

The jobs are available, both in the National Capital Region and nationally. The White House last year said that by 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs will be in computer science and related fields, and two-thirds of tech jobs will be outside the tech sector. The Northern Virginia Technology Council said software development is the number one occupation with the largest potential shortfalls between the demand and supply of trained workers within the region’s technology sector. More than 60 percent of employers report difficulty finding applicants experienced in programming and software development.
The Mason students who complete the Revature coding “boot camps,” based at the company’s headquarters in nearby Reston, Va., will have an in-demand computer programming skill set to complement their Mason degree. More information is available at

“We hear from recruiters all of the time that the shortage of tech talent is real; there are simply not enough qualified candidates to fill the available jobs,” said Saskia Clay-Rooks, executive director of University Career Services at Mason. “The partnership with Revature is a futuristic move by Mason, and a win-win for both employers and students.”

Original article published here.

Computer science professor, Danny Menasce, receives Outstanding Faculty Award from the state

December 16, 2016   /   by Damian Cristodero

Danny Menasce is the 20th Mason recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from the state.

Danny Menasce, a University Professor of computer science at George Mason University, is a recipient of a 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Menasce, 65, in the Department of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Engineering, is one of 12 recipients (out of 97 nominees) and the 20th from George Mason.

“It is very gratifying,” he said. “I’m extremely happy and feel very honored to receive this award.”

Now in its 29th year, the Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and public service. Nominees, submitted by each institution, must demonstrate a record of superior accomplishment in teaching, research and knowledge integration.

A panel of former winners, chief academic officers and their designees select finalists who are judged by a selection committee of SCHEV members, and education, business and community leaders.

Winners receive $5,000 underwritten by the Dominion Foundation.

Menasce is in his 25th year at Mason and in 2009 received Volgenau’s Outstanding Research Faculty Award.

“Most importantly, what I try to do with my students is tell them they need to learn how to learn,” he said. “You need to keep learning after you graduate. That is what is going to allow you to be a successful professional.”

Original article published here.

Mason continues to lead in innovation, U.S. News rankings show

September 13, 2016

George Mason University’s tradition of innovation puts it on the same footing with Harvard and Cornell, among others, according to the 2017 U.S. News and World Report College rankings released Tuesday.

Mason is in a five-way tie for 14th place on the list of 29 innovative schools, along with University of Texas-Austin and Drexel. The innovation ranking is significant because it is based on nominations from top college officials. Schools are nominated for making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, the website notes. In last year’s rankings, Mason was tied for 18th place on the list of innovative schools.

“We are a very young institution that has achieved national and international renown in record time,” said Mason President Ángel Cabrera. “We like to say that innovation is our tradition and it is through innovation that we manage to create value for our students and contribute to a vibrant economy in our community.”

Mason’s undergraduate engineering program was ranked 116 in a three-way tie with California State-Long Beach and Boise State out of 205 schools that offer doctorate programs.

Mason also was listed as one of the top 100 colleges for veterans.

On the overall national rankings, Mason ranked 143 out of 310 schools listed.  Mason also tied for 71st  place with Oregon State and Washington State out of 133 public schools ranked.

Get more details about Mason’s rankings here.

Original article published here.

Mason moves up in top 1,000 global university ranking

July 20, 2016/by Buzz McClain

George Mason University continues to climb the list in the Center for World University Rankings, landing at No. 397 in the 2016 survey of 1,000 universities.

In 2014, George Mason was ranked 434 among the 25,000 universities around the world considered for the ranking. In 2015, Mason was ranked 414.

Since 2012 the center, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has “measured the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research,” according to its website. The center conducts its own research and does not rely on surveys or data from the universities.

Criteria for the ranking include quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and the number of international patent filings.

Story originally published here on July 20, 2016:

Mason’s bachelor’s program in accounting ranked in the top 50 nationally

May 31, 2016/by Damian Cristodero

The bachelor’s program in accounting in George Mason University’s School of Business is ranked in the top 50 nationally by College Choice, a leading college search and rankings network.

“It’s a tremendous honor for Mason’s accounting program to be ranked among the top 50 programs in the U.S.,” said Keith Jones, area chair and associate professor of accounting at George Mason. “It is a recognition of the hard work and excellence of the faculty and students.”

Mason graduated 256 students with bachelor’s degrees in accounting this spring, fifth most among the university’s majors. There also is a growing master’s program, including an online option aimed at working professionals.

“Accounting is one of the largest undergraduate majors [at Mason],” Jones said. “Our students go to work for all the top international public accounting firms and many of the regional and local firms.”

On its website, College Choice says its rankings are based “exclusively on factors actual college freshmen said were most important to their college decision.” Those factors, according to a recent nationwide survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, include academic reputation, financial aid offerings, overall cost and success of graduates in the job market. Data was derived, College Choice says, from sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and

Story originally published here on May 31, 2016:

Around the World in Eight Kiosks

Global Kiosk Featuring kiosks for iWeek Sports Tournaments, Cultural Workshops, Language Courses, Study Abroad, On-Campus Events, and More. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mason’s Global Kiosk Day serves as a precursor to International Week and provides information about cultural workshops, language courses, study abroad and more. Photo by Ron Aira.

March 25, 2016   /   by Damian Cristodero

High school senior Vasudah Manikandan toured George Mason University on March 23 to get a feel for the campus she might want to call home. She ended up in the Johnson Center at the Mason Korea kiosk inquiring about studying abroad.

“I had questions about Mason Korea because I learned Korean in high school, so it’s something I really want to pursue,” Manikandan said. “I had questions about how my credits would pass over, if my GPA would change, financial aid and stuff like that.”

It was just the kind of conversation Mary Wells, an assistant director in the Office of International Programs and Services, wanted students to have at Global Kiosk Day, when representatives of eight Mason offices offering global curriculums manned kiosks during peak lunchtime.

“We think global learning is important for every student,” Wells said. “We want to make sure students know about all the majors and minors and language courses, cultural workshops and study-abroad options that are available to them.”

The event also was a precursor to Mason’s 35th International Week, April 8-17, when the university’s international students showcase their countries and cultures.

Participating in Global Kiosk Day were Mason Korea, Mason Study Abroad, China 1+2+1, Global Affairs, the Confucius Institute, Modern and Classical Languages, the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, and Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL).

“One of the benefits is we can work together and show a united front to all students and show them what we have to offer and what we can do for them,” said Sage Janulis, China 1+2+1 project coordinator.

For Roger Dalton, a junior electrical engineering major, that meant getting information from SAIL about international trips for Alternative Spring Break.

“It’s great, “ he said. “You see something and figure out if it’s something you want to do.”

“There’s only so much information online,” Manikandan said. “It was nice to come here and talk to students who have actually been to Korea.”


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