The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 5th, 2015
Like a sports coach, Dwight A. McBride studies his "win-loss data."
As the dean of Northwestern University’s graduate school, he closely
tracks his wins, when a graduate student with competing offers chooses
his institution, and his losses, when that student goes somewhere else.
Mr. McBride and other university officials want more wins.
Northwestern announced last week that it planned to increase its
minimum graduate stipend 26 percent, to $29,000 a year, a move meant to
make it more attractive to graduate students and more competitive with
Duke University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and
other institutions it views as peers.
Universities, especially wealthier ones, have increased their minimum
stipends in recent years to remain competitive, but a one-time increase
the size of Northwestern’s is rare.