HOUSTON (AP) — The University of Houston's chancellor has agreed to higher wages for English department teaching fellows after they staged a sit-in outside her office.
The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/YIaxjU ) that Renu Khator committed $1 million a year Monday to improving salaries of some graduate students, in response to a protest by many of the roughly 70 teaching fellows in the English department. The fellows are currently paid $9,600 to $11,200 a year to teach freshman composition classes. They haven't gotten a raise in 20 years.
Khator says in a letter to faculty and staff that she is sympathetic to the issues raised by the fellows.
She also agreed to a review of the university's English department.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com