As winter gives way to spring, I wanted to take a moment to thank the more than 280 graduate assistants who help create a campus culture that is rich in scholarship, teaching, and fellowship. Loyola is a better place for the unique role you play as student-leaders, mentors, and teachers.
One of the most fulfilling parts of my job over the last two years has been to meet and engage with so many of our graduate assistants. The students you mentor, the faculty you support, and the University you are a part of are all better for your contributions. Thank you.
I also want you to know that I hear the concerns expressed by many about the challenges you face. We are here to listen, to dialogue, and continue providing you with the most competitive package of financial, learning, and development support possible, while also maintaining an affordable tuition rate in The Graduate School. As such, we have not raised that rate in two years.
We are indeed proud of our current package for graduate assistants and know that it is competitive across other Jesuit and Chicago-area universities. We have made meaningful improvements in the past several years and are committed to reviewing our offerings on an ongoing basis to make sure they meet the needs of our graduate assistants.
- We award $4 million for stipends and $5 million for scholarships/tuition grants each year.
- In all, 279 students were awarded health and dental insurance this academic year, which translates to an investment of $3,358.28 per student.
- From 2017-19, we granted 232 travel awards to graduate students to present at conferences, an investment of $90,000.
- During the last two years, we have also given 17 research awards to graduate students for research costs, an average investment of $277 per student.
Across virtually every category of benefits, we have enhanced the level of support at a time when many universities are looking for ways to scale back. A full list of the enhancements we have made to support graduate assistants is available at Loyolaforyou.org.
I am committed to listening to you about your concerns and collaborating where possible. We all want the same thing: a vibrant university community where the teaching and research environment is second to none.
Finally, please consider this note an open invitation to reach out to me directly to ask a question, share a concern, or make a suggestion. You are such an important part of the fabric of Loyola, and it is important that we have an open line of communications.
Thomas J. Regan, S.J., PhD
The Graduate School