About George Mason University
The University's Mission
The mission statement of the Board of Visitors reads as follows:
George Mason University will be an institution of international academic reputation
providing superior education for students to develop critical, analytical, and
imaginative thinking and to make well-founded ethical decisions. It will respond
to the call for interdisciplinary research and teaching, not simply by adding
programs but by rethinking the traditional structure of the academy.
The university will prepare students to address the complex issues facing them
in society and to discover meaning in their own lives. It will encourage diversity
in its student body and will meet the needs of students by providing them with
interdisciplinary and innovative undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses.
The university will energetically seek ways to interact with and serve the needs
of the student body.
The university will nurture and support a faculty that is diverse, innovative,
excellent in teaching, active in pure and applied research, and responsive to
the needs of students and the community. The faculty will embody the university's
interactive approach to change both in the academy and in the world.
The university will be a resource of the Commonwealth of Virginia serving private
and public sectors. It will be an intellectual and cultural nexus between Northern
Virginia, the nation, and the world. (Adopted January 1991)