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(now the Volgenau School of Engineering). Through
the Volgenau School, Mason was the ﬁrst institution in
the country to offer a doctoral degree in information
technology. The establishment of the Institute of the Arts (now
the College of Visual and Performing Arts) in 1990
solidiﬁed the university’s commitment to making the
arts a pervasive part of students’ lives. The Center for
the Arts complex, which includes art galleries, studio
and rehearsal space, and performing venues such as
TheaterSpace, are components of the college.
Mason has expanded its presence to serve the entire
Northern Virginia region by employing the revolutionary concept of the distributed university. In collaboration with county and state governments, the university
established the Prince William Campus in Prince William County. A partnership with American Type Culture Collection, the world’s foremost archive of living
cultures, has led to academic programs focusing on biotechnology and has made Prince William County a center for medical technology. Construction...
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