Stanford Graduate Student Council Meeting
Wednesday April 24th 2013 at 6:00pm
GCC Nairobi Room
Chair: Michael Shaw; David Hsu
Voting Members Present:
H&S Natural Sciences: Michael Shaw
H&S Social Sciences: Roshan Shankar
Law: Johnny Giorgis for Camille Fletcher
Engineering: Ateeq Suria
At-Large: Hrishi Goel
At-Large: Nipun Sarin
At-Large: David Hsu
Earth Sciences: Sjoerd de Ridder
Business: Tiffany Abdullahi
Medicine: Eduardo Gonzalez
At-Large: Saad Bhamla
At-Large: Puja Deverakonda
Education: John Dodini for Ernestine Fu
Voting Members Not Present:
H&S Humanities: Adrienne Johnson
Engineering: Anne-Laure Cuvilliez
Other Members : Bryce Anselmo, Meghana Manickam, Daniel Bechstein, Fanuel Muindi, Austin Hay
5:45—6:00 Dinner and Conversation (All)
6:00—6:03 Welcome and Introductions (Michael Shaw & David Hsu)
6:03—6:05 Approve Minutes from 4-17-2013 (Roshan Shankar)
Approved by consensus.
6:05—6:45 Update from Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VP Patti Gumport & AVP Chris Golde)
Patti Gumport and Chris Golde are here from the VPGE’s office. Vice Provost’s office which is one of the 24/7 offices for graduate students.
She begins by talking about the Graduate Education Report, which had the vision to attract the best graduate students and provides them unparalleled education in preparation for their leadership roles in a complex global society. There are seven university areas including diversity, academic innovation, interdisciplinary opportunities, graduate professional development, university-wide fellowships.
Today’s talk will be about graduate student funding, diversity, and increasing awareness of resources that supplements departments.
Graduate education enrollment has grown by around 2000+ students while undergraduate students are only about 300-400 students. Doctoral enrollment has grown by around 35%.
President Hennessey has laid out a 30 year vision which includes increasing undergraduate enrollment. The admission rates are around 5%. The university feels an obligation to spread resources broadly.
Student finances and funding play a role in enrollment.
Graduate Student Funding
Varies by department, student and quarter.
RA, TA, Fellowships and Loans.
–PhD students: tuition and living expenses 6 years has 360k$.
-Federal research grants, university and department fund, Outside awards, Personal funds.
The school gets variations of the tuition back to the department.
Graduate Student Expense budget is set by financial aid office. Average budget for non-tuition expenses for single student, on-campus.
-Rent, transport, food, personal expenses, books and supplies, health insurance and fees.
-Sets loan eligibility, international student funds
-Inflated from prior year by CPI
-Every few years base set with expenses survey
-Housing based on Stanford housing
The university sells a minimum salary which is with an assistantship, and stipend with a fellowship. The issue of taxes on international students is brought up and is something Patti and Chris will look into.
Cardinal care and housing rate increase have been included in the new salary.
There are over 300 million dollars as part of graduate student support. There is great vulnerability to the federal funding, and its good that this number is going down, which now composes 27% of the federal funding.
Stanford’s top priority is to meet the funding commitment to current graduate students. From several levels: PI/Faculty, Department, School, Central funds: Unrestricted, endowed funds. The Stanford Fund needs to be looked into, so that donations can be made to graduate students.
Diversity in Graduate Education
-Diversity within academic fields. by nationality, gender and racial/ethnic diversity, sexual orientation and disability. It is considered based on schools. Patti presents numbers on enrollment by different race, and in different schools.
The university tries to do outreach to expand the applicant pool and increase yield. Campus visits, travel costs and GRAD diversity day, through prestigious doctoral fellowships like CCSRE and summer undergraduate research experience. Diversify the professoriate to promote academic careers through a distinguished alumni program, and the DARE fellowship program.
Admissions aren’t based on the diversity demographics, but they are trying to increase the number of people who are applying. The talent pool needs to be increased. There is data now on first generation students as well.
There should be an option on the application procedure to have a box on gender identity or sexual orientation. Patti should look into this, and Eduardo will follow-up with Patti on trying to get this proposal through.
VPGE resources that supplement departments with advancing graduate diversity, facilitating interdisciplinary and graduate professional development, and fostering innovation to strengthen the quality of graduate programs.
6:45—6:50 VSO: Request (Funding Committee Recommendation) (Wendy Ni)
• Stanford Brewing Club: $340.05 ($340.05)
22nd May 2013
60 people dinner and skewing towards German beer.
$620 total. They will be transferring some funds from a previous event.
$340.05 requested and recommended.Requested and recommended.
Passes by consensus.
• Stanford Cultural Interactions Club: $160 ($160)
Not here in this meeting. Tabled for next week.
• Australians at Stanford: $425 ($425)
Withdrawn. They have found sufficient funding at Bechtel.
• German Student Association $1500 ($1192.50)
This is for their portion of Fire and Fire. The reduced recommendation is due to the SGSA hitting their hard cap of $6000.
Passes by consensus.
The Stanford Brewing Club wishes to bring up another event which they’d like funding for. This is Russian Ridge Brewery Tour where they’re going to take 28 members for a beer tasting tour. Since there were some travel line items, which are not part of the funding guideline recommendations, they have come directly to the GSC for money.
Two motions to vote are put in front of the GSC, which pass 9(FOR)-0(AGAINST)-1(ABSTAIN) for $280 and 7(FOR)-0(AGAINST)-2(ABSTAIN) for an additional $560. The Funding Committee is to speak with the Financial Officer, Nipun and the VSO to see how the money should be split.
6:50—6:55 Previous Notice for NomCom Appointments (Jonathan York)
It will come in next week when they have a bill.
Tabled for this week.
6:55—7:05 Vote on ASSU Operating Budget (Including GSC 3050) (David Hsu)
The following updates were made by the undergrad senate on the budget. The major important change is that the GSC adds $5000 to their discretionary.
Other updates include:
-Exec evens out salaries, moves $3000 from discretionary to stipends, gains $1000 in discretionary
-Senate adds $2000 to the general discretionary, and $10000 to the committee discretionary
-CC loses $1500 because it doesn’t exist
-NomCom loses $3500 from discretionary (never spends close to max of budget)
A motion to vote is called for and is seconded. It passes 9(FOR)-0(AGAINST)-0(ABSTAIN).
7:05—7:15 Proposed $30K Challenge (Tiffany Abdullahi)
Tiffany proposes a $30K challenge and asks for suggestions on how we should go about using the money.
We could Use the money for a quarter-wide $10k challenge, for 3 different events. The GCC renovation project, money for a bus and grad-wide parties are some of the events the money can be used for.
Bill needs for both GSC and undergraduate senate. It’ll take a few weeks.
Buffer stays roughly the same. The bill should specifiy where the unspent money goes. We vote in the GSC meeting and use Facebook for the tabulation of the best projects.
We could possibly keep a cap on the type and number of events to ensure different types of events get done.
7:15—7:20 $300 for food and prizes at proposed Hackathon for bone marrow registry (Meghana Manickam)
Save-a-thon. Spread awareness for leukemia. Professor Nalini Ambady. 7 weeks to find a donor. Hack-a-thon as part of a larger campaign.
$300 for food and prizes at Hackathon.
Passes by consensus.
7:20—7:25 $615 + $550 for Happy Hour, Game/Salsa Night by DAC (Fanuel Muindi)
BGSA and CLGSA joint-Happy hour for the happy hour -> $615
Game/Salsa night which was an idea that stemmed from the winter Diversity mixer-> CLGSA, BGSA and DAC-> $550.
Total -> $1165
This money comes from the DAC line item.
Passes by consensus.
7:25—7:35 Advocacy Updates (All)
David checked back with the people making the BBQ pit and they are happy with the GSC’s contribution of $5k.
7:35—7:40 Certify ASSU Election Results (David Hsu)
Elections as sent out http://elections.stanford.edu/archives/2013-elections-results are certified in this GSC meeting.
Next Meeting: Wednesday May 1st, 6:00pm, GCC Nairobi Room.