After Protests, U. of Missouri Raises Minimum Graduate Stipends

The University of Missouri will raise the minimum stipend for graduate students, to $15,000, in July, the interim chancellor, Henry C. (Hank) Foley, announced on Wednesday. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the university plans a further increase next year, to $18,000, in the stipend for graduate students with 20-hour assistantships.

The measure comes months after graduate students were incensed by the university’s sudden announcement that, in light of a provision in the Affordable Care Act, it would no longer subsidize their health insurance. Missouri reversed the decision, apologized, and formed a task force, which recommended raising graduate stipends.

“We want to make sure that we’re treating you in a way you deserve to be treated,” Mr. Foley told graduate students during his State of the University address on Wednesday. “It is a matter of values and priorities.”

Concerns about the treatment of graduate students was one of many issues that fueled discontent with R. Bowen Loftin, the chancellor, who stepped down after protests over racism rocked the campus in November.

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