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COLA is a necessity for GSIs

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS: Graduate student instructors deserve to be paid enough to live where they go to school

In order to support graduate students in the long term, the UC system must make a dedicated effort toward upholding academic progress by giving GSIs COLA.
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Number of applicants from China to campus graduate programs surges despite national decline

Applications from China for graduate programs across the United States declined by 1 percent this past year, following a 3 percent decline in 2013, according to a recent report compiled by the Council of Graduate Schools. But despite this leveling off of applicants, UC Berkeley and other large institutions still attract Chinese nationals to their graduate programs.
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Administrative salary increase is needed

While this increase does not directly affect other employees on campus, however, the comparison is not favorable. As GSIs fight for the right to unionize, administrative pay increases. Lecturers and adjuncts struggle without health care coverage or adequate pay in a battle that should be the shame of academia, but administrative pay increases. Facilities age and construction drags on, but administrative pay increases. Tuition soars and will likely increase to the rate of whatever the market will bear, but administrative pay increases.
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