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New Century College Moves to College of Arts and Sciences

At its final meeting of the 1998-99 academic year in June, George Mason University's Board of Visitors (BOV) took the following action: Effective July 1, 2000, New Century College (NCC) will become an autonomous unit of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The governing faculty of NCC will consist of current NCC faculty, as well as CAS faculty members who wish to participate in the governance and activities of NCC. A committee composed of faculty from NCC and CAS will be appointed to develop specific criteria, rights, and responsibilities associated with being a governing faculty member of NCC. Their deadline is January 1, 2000. The criteria will then be reviewed by the Faculty Senate, approved by the university administration, and presented to the BOV no later than March 1, 2000.

The head of NCC will report to the dean of CAS, but the dean of CAS will have responsibility for financial management of NCC.

Students admitted to and declaring degrees housed within NCC will be members of NCC and will graduate from there. Currently, degree programs in New Century College include the Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies (B.A.IN.), Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies (B.S.IN.), Bachelor of Individualized Study (B.I.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (B.S.).

Daniele C. Struppa, dean of CAS, John O Connor, dean of NCC, and Karen Oates, associate dean of NCC, sent letters to all students currently enrolled in NCC programs to explain this change and reassure them that they can graduate following the program as it was at the time of their admission. In addition, a web page has been set up to post information during the transition. This site can be accessed at

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