Friday, June 5, 2015

A University Banks on Ph.D. Stipends to Better Compete With Its Peers

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.

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