From the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

In response to the Graduate Student Funding Task Force Report, the Chancellor provided $1.2 million for graduate assistantship support for the 2019-20 academic year. With direction from Academic Affairs and implemented by the Graduate School, these funds are being used to increase the stipends of the graduate assistantships held centrally by the Graduate School.

While this is a significant beginning, the 199 centrally funded positions represent only part of the total institutionally-funded graduate assistantships on campus. The next round of funding will focus on assistantship stipends held locally by the colleges. Given the funding required to increase GA stipends to a minimum baseline compensation, and align resident tuition awards and health insurance premiums to each position, it will understandably take several years to implement the Task Force recommendations related to GA compensation.

To answer some of the more common questions regarding this initiative, an FAQ page has been posted on-line. This page will be updated regularly and we hope you will refer to it when questions arise. Your feedback is also encouraged and you are welcome to e-mail me with either a question or comment.

Thank you for your support as we move forward on this vitally important initiative.

Tom Reynolds
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School


Graduate Student Funding Committee Updates Now on Canvas


Updates on implementation plans for the Student Funding Task Force recommendations are available on Canvas.

The Student Funding Implementation Committee created a Canvas project course where information and issues under discussion will be published for comment.

All Program Directors should have received an invitation to join the project course.  If you did not receive an invitation, contact Julie Goodliffe,, in the Graduate School.