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Blue Ribbon Graduate Student Stipend Committee Report Released

In order to continue to attract and retain excellent doctoral students, the University is taking steps to strengthen graduate student support. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 4, 2015) -- After commissioning a blue ribbon graduate stipend committee to provide recommendations for offering fair and competitive levels of graduate student support, President Robert Jones announced in his recent State of the University address, a new University investment of a half million dollars for graduate student stipends.

Facilitated by Senior Vice President and Provost Jim Stellar and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, Kevin Williams, the committee comprised faculty and students from different disciplines across campus. They conducted a comprehensive analysis of UAlbany graduate student stipends, and their report made eight key recommendations to strengthen graduate student support, including:

1. Increase the number of years of guaranteed funding for doctoral students,

2. Bring all doctoral student stipends up to the market value established by our peer institutions,

3. Allow individual departments flexibility in using their graduate student allocations,

4. Develop mechanisms that encourage students to apply for external fellowships,

5. Work with faculty and departments to increase the number of students funded on research assistantships,

6. Develop mechanisms to provide summer funding to students on graduate assistantships,

7. Explore the possibility of a university-wide fellowship initiative that would award nationally competitive stipends to highly qualified students, and

8. Develop a plan to provide benchmark data on graduate stipends on an ongoing basis so that stipend levels can remain competitive with our peers.

Strong doctoral programs have been, and continue to be, a critical component to advancing the University’s status as a comprehensive public research university.

To read the full report, click here.

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