Senate action last week
At the University Senate meeting last Thursday, President Johnson announced that Ohio State will be increasing graduate student stipends by $4,000 over the next two years. This initiative will bring the university's minimum stipend for nine-month, 50% appointments to $21,280 by fall 2021.
The university will provide central funding to cover the cost of these increases through the 2021-22 academic year. Colleges and units will assume responsibility for continuing to fund graduate positions at the increased rates as of autumn 2022 (FY23).
Additional details about the implementation of the increases are being finalized.
The Senate also approved two departmental name changes. If approved by the Board of Trustees next month, the new names will be:
- The Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts (currently the Department of Theater) in the College of Arts and Sciences
- The Department of Opthalmology and Vision Sciences (currently the Department of Opthalmology and Vision Science) in the College of Medicine.
The proposals are detailed on the University Senate agenda for the Oct. 22 meeting.