The July edition of the Staff Senate newsletter is now available. Check it out!
Mason welcomed its new president, Dr. Gregory Washington, on July 1. On his first day as president, Dr. Washington took time to meet with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
In his discussion with Mason staff, Dr. Washington said, “In the end, what makes the wheels turn, what makes the institution operate, what makes the institution successful—that falls on the staff. Faculty do what they do. Students do what they do. But the entity that binds all of it together and ensures its successes is staff.” (more…)
During the Staff Senate’s recent Human Resources and Finance Panel, a question arose about the Child Development Center. We reached out to Shira Kulok, director of the Child Development Center, for assistance with the answer:
Q: Can you share some context behind recent changes at the Child Development Center (CDC), including tuition rates, reduced operating hours, and discontinued part-time enrollment?
A: Tuition increases result from an analysis of both operational expenses and the neighboring child care market. Our prices have not changed since the 2018–19 school year, yet costs continue to rise. Our new Mason-affiliated tuitions remain close to 20% below the market average, and we make every effort to keep CDC programming affordable. Tuitions this year were raised 5% for the Twos program and 3% for Preschool.
Part-time schedules were eliminated because of enrollment gaps left each year, and a steady loss of revenue. Additional details behind our rationale to raise tuition are listed below:
- Deb Dickenson, vice president for Finance
- Lester Arnold, vice president for Human Resources and Payroll
- René Stewart O’Neal, vice president for Strategic Planning and Budgeting
As you can imagine, we received more questions than we had time to cover during the session. We are working to address the additional questions received. (more…)
Thank you to Carol Kissal, senior vice president, Finance and Administration, who joined the Staff Senate on June 3, to discuss planning strategies for fall 2020. The recorded session is available for review. Below you will find answers to additional questions not addressed during the session. Thank you to René Stewart O’Neal, associate vice president for Strategic Planning & Budgeting, and Lester Arnold, vice president, Human Resources and Payroll, for addressing answers to the following questions: (more…)