What Issues Concern Graduate Students at UMB?
Here are some of the things we learned about us in our recent survey!
About 90% of grad students have heard of the GSA, but 73% have never attended a GSA event!
Most grad students want to see the GSA offer grants for research and conferences. Grads also want to see the GSA fund speaker events, job fairs, resume workshops, social gatherings, and community events.
Grad students are highly concerned about the high cost of tuition/fees, parking, and the T. Furthermore, grads would like to see improved facilities, a greener campus, more money for grad assistants, and better food!
About 60% of grad students are troubled that the the GSA cannot amend its Constitution without the administration’s approval.
About 57% of grad students think that grad students, and not the University, should be able to decide how much of their fees go toward the GSA’s budget.
Here is a very brief sampling of some of the very helpful comments we received:
“Send representatives to classes so people can get a true feel for what GSA is about.”
“I think you could attract more interest if you had a greater online presence. ”
“Come to department meetings for new students.”
“Make graduate students aware of what the GSA does for them.”
“Provide more opportunities to involve graduate students in student governance, including a greater level of transparency in the operation and roles of the GSA.”
“Give a mini presentation or send around a representative to each new incoming class to the various graduate schools.”
“Have a GSA member at any graduate orientations that are held.”
“The GSA needs to work more with the other clubs on campus.”
“Host more social events!”