Provost, Graduate School message to graduate students

The following message was sent by Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader to UW-Madison graduate students on Thursday, March 3.

Dear Graduate Students,

We are aware of some confusion regarding what Governor Scott Walker’s budget
proposal does or does not do regarding tuition remissions for UW-Madison
graduate assistants.

We want to clarify with you again that tuition remissions will continue.

UW-Madison made a request as a part of a Research to Jobs initiative advanced by
the Board of Regents. This request would have provided an additional $5.4
million for graduate assistant support in conjunction with the new faculty
positions funded through the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU). Our
request was not included in the governor’s budget.

We would like to stress again that the governor’s 2011-13 biennial budget
proposal has no impact on our existing authority to grant tuition remissions for
graduate assistants. Tuition remissions, which are critical to the recruitment
and retention of outstanding graduate students at UW-Madison, will continue.
This is also the case under the proposed public authority model also proposed in
the budget bill.

Other graduate assistant benefits such as health care will also continue.
However, this benefit would be subject to legislative actions regarding
individual contributions toward premium payments as is true for all employees.
This would also be true for employees of the public authority.

We understand that it has been a difficult time and want to assure you we value
and respect the work of graduate students in carrying out the mission of the
university.  We appreciate the degree of professionalism with which you have
conducted yourself under these circumstances.

Sincerely,

Paul M. DeLuca Jr.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Martin Cadwallader
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Chancellor for Research

Read Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr.’s February message to graduate assistants.