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Graduate School Raises Tuition To Support Career Development Services

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Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Around Campus | December 14, 2017

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has set forth a five-year plan for tuition increases which will take effect Fall 2018.

The proposal called for a 5 percent increase which would take effect in Academic Year (AY) 2019 followed by a 4 percent increase in AY 2020 and AY 2021. There would be no additional proposed increases for AY 2022 or AY 2023. A summary of the justification of the plan as well as the specifics of the increase is attached.

How will the funds be used?

The GSBS intends to use the proposed revenue to both sustain and enhance the Office of Career Development. This office was launched three years ago from non-recurrent funds.

“The Office of Career Development has also been a crucial factor in procuring training grants where initiatives to help students identify career paths has gone from encouraged to expected by NIH,” said Dr. David Weiss, dean of the graduate school. “As leaders, we are charged with ensuring that our students are fully equipped to transition into the evolving biomedical workforce.”

The goal of the Office of Career Development is to provide comprehensive services to assist students in identifying their interests and connect them with alumni and/or community partners with expertise in those fields.

Currently the office provides weekly coaching meetings with trainees, monthly workshops on a variety of career development topics, bi-annual multi-career focused events. The office also supports a Career Advisory Council that consists of community professionals from a variety of areas to help serve as an outside resource in their area of expertise.

“Although we have made great strides in this area, there is still much more to be done,” said Dr. Teresa Evans, director of the Office of Career Development. “These funds will be used to develop and expand the programming required to address these diverse needs.”

While some of you will graduate before the increases fully take effect, your opinion is extremely valuable in representing the best interests of future graduate students. Therefore, we request your feedback on the proposed rates regardless of where you are in your studies. Please email Dr. Weiss if you have any comments or concerns. 

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