Chair’s update September 15th FB meeting

The Chair gave an update on items pertaining to FB from last Friday’s Faculty Council meeting. Fr. Ryan affirmed that the 3% proposed increase to the Faculty salary pool is inclusive of promotions. Faculty Council would like an update with the problems identified with the Faculty Leaves policy before FB continues its work.

The Minutes from the September 1st meeting were approved and are now available on the Faculty Governance website.

The Committee then discussed a recommendation for Faculty Salary Scale adjustments. With the 3% increase being inclusive of promotions, after funding promotions and steps for faculty that are due, only ~1% of total faculty salaries is left. It was discussed that based on most comparison groups assistant professors are still further from parity then Associate and Professors and that this is still a remnant of initially giving a large salary adjustment to the Professor salary scale in the 2010-11 academic year, followed a year later by an adjustment to the Associate scale and then the budget being frozen before an adjustment could be made to the Assistant salary scale. It was also noted that all faculty experienced a significant increase to health care costs for the current year. By a vote of 5-0, the following recommendation was approved by Faculty Benefits: Continue reading

FB Agenda for 9-15-2017

Faculty Benefits Committee

Agenda for September 15th 2017

2:10 pm in the Moreau Auditorium Campus: Ministry Center

  1. Approval of 9/1 meeting minutes
  2. Chairs update
  3. Develop proposal for 2017-18 faculty salary scale adjustments
  4. Old Business
    • Parking
    • Review of Faculty Benefits Survey
    • Tuition exchange policy and process
    • Benchmarking of Faculty salaries
    • Faculty Leaves policy
  5. New business
  6. Adjournment

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Chairs Report on FB September 1st Meeting

The Chair welcomed Mark Leffler as the Chair-elect, Karen Mercincavage as the new Division C representative, and Sandra Loeb as the new Division D representative.

Items of business leftover from the 2016-17 academic year were outlined

  1. Recommendation for adjustments to 2017-18 faculty salary scale
  2. Tuition exchange policy and process
  3. Benchmarking of Faculty salaries
  4. Faculty Leaves policy
  5. Review of Faculty Benefits Survey

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Chairs Update on April 29th FB Meeting

I updated the committee with the administrations response to the committee’s faculty salary proposal.

Fr. Ryan said:

Given the current 0 to 3 % market for faculty salary increases, the approximate 3 % overall salary increase recommended by the Faculty Benefits Committee is reasonably within the realm of possibility.

Additionally, the requested $ 50 per credit increase for adjunct, part-time, and overload pay is also within the realm of possibility.

Of course, the college will not know until October 2016, when the budget is finally approved by the board of directors, what the exact increases will be.

Whatever final salary increases are approved will take effect retroactively to July 1, 2016.

The potential for salary increases is contingent upon enrollment numbers and the final net tuition revenue in September 2016.

I would point again to The Faculty Handbook, XII. A. which states: “The College attempts to follow the salary scale prevailing in private colleges of comparable size throughout the country.”

To this end, King’s College is currently in overall parity with the S4 Carnegie Classification of Colleges and Universities (small four-year institutions with enrollment between 1,000 to 3,000 students).  Continue reading

Agenda for April 29th FB Meeting

Faculty Benefits Committee
Agenda for April 29th 2016
2:10 pm in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

  1. Chairs Update
    1. Administration response to Salary Proposal
    2. CUPA data by budget
  2. Approval of April 8th minutes
  3. Discussion Part Time Faculty Survey
  4. Faculty Salary Comparison Group
  5. Role of FB Committee and how FB fits into new budget cycle
    1. Analysis of other schools
  6. Alternatives to step system
  7. New business
  8. Adjournment

Chair’s update April 8th Meeting

I started off updating the committee on items from our previous meetings:

  1. Faculty Council endorsed our salary proposal
  2. John Loyack requested a benchmark be determined for part-time faculty salaries
  3. John Loyack asked that FB prioritize our proposal if the Board does not approve enough to fully fund the proposal, i.e. are increases to the full-time faculty salary scale or increases for part-time and overload pay a higher priority
  4. Human resources notified the committee that they anticipate
    • No changes to the Health Care, Vision, Life and Disability Plans
    • Dental coverage will go back to Delta Dental with an ~5% increase to premiums (Guardian was going to increases premiums by over 11%)

The Minutes from the March 18th meeting were approved and are now posted on the faculty governance website.  Continue reading

Agenda for April 8th FB Meeting

Faculty Benefits Committee
Agenda for April 8th 2016
2:10 pm in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

  1. Chairs Update
    1. Faculty Council
    2. Questions from John Loyack
    3. Benefits
  2. Approval of March 18th minutes
  3. Discussion Part Time Faculty Survey
  4. Faculty Salary Comparison Group
  5. Role of FB Committee and how FB fits into new budget cycle
  6. Alternatives to step system
  7. New business
  8. Adjournment

Next meeting April 29th Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

Chair’s Update March 18th FB Meeting

I started off updating the committee on items from our previous meetings:

  1. In response to Fr. Ryan’s proposal to change the comparison group for benchmarking faculty salaries, Faculty Council approved the following motion:

Given the time frame facing Faculty Benefits to submit a salary/benefits proposal to the President by April 1, FC prefers to use the current 12 school comparison sample for salary decisions for the fiscal 2017 budget, while seriously considering the change to a national sample moving forward.

  1. Fr. Ryan responded to Faculty Council’s motion with the following:

Second I recognize the proper authority of the Faculty Benefits committee to make recommendations to the President based on the knowledge and information they deem to be the most fair and accurate.  Also, it is the proper authority of the President to do the same. IPARC recommends to the President and does not have the authority to make policy. Therefore while IPARC may have approved the current list of 12 comparison schools such an approval does not constitute college policy but rather a recommendation to the President. For the reasons presented in the “President’s Proposal Regarding Faculty Salary Benchmarking”  I believe the national benchmarking to be a better, more accurate and fairer assessment of faculty salary status than the 12 comparison schools.  Therefore while Faculty Benefits might make recommendations based on the 12 school benchmark, having received no information to the contrary, I must make my judgments based what I consider the better benchmark .  Continue reading

March 18th FB Meeting Agenda

Faculty Benefits Committee
Agenda for March 18th 2016
2:10 pm in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

  1. Chairs Update
    1. Faculty Council
    2. Response from Fr. Ryan
    3. Meeting with Joe and Neal
  2. Approval of February 26th minutes
  3. Approval of March 1st minutes
  4. Development of Faculty Compensation Plan
  5. Discussion Part Time Faculty Survey
  6. Role of FB Committee and how FB fits into new budget cycle
  7. Alternatives to step system
  8. New business
  9. Adjournment

Next meeting April 8th Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

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