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George Mason University’s School of Public Policy Places Fourth in National Science Foundation’s Top Five

Sep. 22, 2005

FAIRFAX, Va.—The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently ranked George Mason University’s School of Public Policy (SPP) fourth in the nation of colleges, based upon the total amount of federally-financed research and development expenditures in the area of political science.

The largest project currently conducted by SPP is the $24 million National Intelligent Transportation Systems Implementation Research Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Other projects include Capitol Wireless Integrated Network (CapWIN); Extreme Environments funded by NASA; and the Irish Peace Process Cultural & Training Program (Walsh Visa Program) funded by the U.S. Department of State.

“We are pleased that the outstanding research of the faculty of the School of Public Policy continues to be recognized by NSF and other federal agencies,” says Alan Merten, George Mason University President. “This research is complemented by research and analysis in other key areas, in particular, areas related to the economy of the Greater Washington area.”

An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare,” NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

“This high ranking by NSF continues to spotlight the contributions that SPP makes to the overall good health of George Mason University,” says Kingsley Haynes, Dean of SPP. “The outstanding research and development conducted by faculty in SPP as well as the Department of Public and International Affairs is on par with older, more established institutions. I believe George Mason is primed for further advancement, achievements and recognition. I am very proud of everyone’s accomplishments.”

The top five rankings are: The Naval Postgraduate School, Harvard University, University of Michigan, George Mason University, and Vanderbilt University.