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University of Iowa News Release

 

June 22, 2007

Increases In Grad Student Compensation Help UI Compete For Top Scholars

The University of Iowa has jumped in rankings that compare levels of financial support for graduate students, according to an annual survey conducted by Purdue University.

The report, which summarizes information shared among Big Ten public institutions, shows significant improvement in stipends and tuition scholarships awarded to UI graduate teaching and research assistants. The average net compensation package for UI graduate assistants now ranks third in the Big Ten, up from a ranking of seventh in 2003-04. Compensation for research assistants remained at seventh among peer universities.

"The improvement in the compensation of our graduate students, including stipend levels, tuition scholarships and health benefits is an important component in the recruitment and retention of high quality students for our top graduate programs," said John Keller, UI associate provost and Graduate College dean. "It has been our long-term goal to make improvements in the compensation of our students, and it is rewarding to see our efforts make such a positive impact, especially in the fiscally difficult times the university has faced over the past few years."

Keller noted that as a result of a successful contract re-negotiation with the graduate employees union for 2007-08, graduate assistants will receive a minimum stipend of $16,277 for an academic year appointment, plus a substantial tuition scholarship and generous health benefits.

"The health benefits package our students receive is among the best offered nationally for graduate assistants, and it's an important factor that students consider in their decision to attend our graduate programs," he said.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: John C. Keller, associate provost for graduate education and Graduate College dean, 319-335-2142, john-keller@uiowa.edu