Faculty Benefits Committee

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Michele McGowan, Faculty Benefits Chair

The Faculty Benefits Committee reviews annual faculty benefits programs (e.g., personnel policies, salary scales, merit pay, market supplements, health insurance, retirement, life and disability insurance, government related insurance programs, education benefits for spouses and dependent children) and makes recommendations for change. The Committee consults with the faculty and the Faculty Council to gain input and support for proposed changes, and meets with the President and/or other administrators to review budgetary data, enrollment projections, and other matters impacting the benefits program.

To remain properly informed, the Faculty Benefits Chair shall serve on Faculty Council and the College’s Institutional Planning and Resource Committee (IPARC). The Chair-elect shall attend in the Chair’s absence. The Faculty Benefits Chair-elect will also serve on IPARC.

The Committee shall, as informed by proposals and consultation with other faculty and the Faculty Council, make suggestions to the President for improvements in current benefits or the addition of such other benefits as from time to time are considered useful and possible. Before the Administration makes any changes to current benefits, it should, if possible, consult with the Committee, which may share and discuss the information at the next Faculty Meeting.

The Committee’s recommendations, as endorsed by the Faculty Meeting or Faculty Council, shall be given serious consideration before the determination of the final draft of the budget. The response of the Administration to these recommendations shall be reported to the Chair of the Faculty Benefits Committee, who shall report this response to the Faculty Council and the Faculty Meeting.

The Faculty Benefits Committee shall continue to function during the spring semester by conducting a retrospective evaluation of the recently finalized budget and by securing data relevant to the prospective agenda for the following year’s Faculty Benefits Committee.

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

Chair’s Update February 26th FB Meeting

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

  1. The meeting with John Loyack has been scheduled for March 1st from 10:30-11 in the Freidman Room. The Committee agreed that the meeting should be open to anyone who wants to attend, but that due to the limited time there most likely would not be an opportunity for non-committee members to ask questions.
  2. I was told by the IRB that we should fill out an “Exempt From Review: Educational Assessments.” This will be done once the survey is finalized

The Minutes from the February 12th FB meeting were approved and are now posted on the faculty governance website.

The committee revised and prioritized our questions for John Loyack.  Continue reading

Special Faculty Benefits Meeting Agenda

On Tuesday March 1st the Faculty Benefits Committee will hold a special meeting from 10:30-11 A.M. in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. At this meeting the FB committee will have the opportunity to ask John Loyack questions. All are welcome to attend, but due to the limited time it is mostly likely that non-committee members will not have the opportunity to ask questions. We plan to ask as many of the questions below as time allows. If you have additional questions, please contact a member of the FB committee: Isaac VonRue (Chair), Michele McGowan (Chair-elect), Janine Janoski (Division A), Jean O’Brien (Division B), Jennifer Yonkoski (Division C), and Mark Leffler (Division D).  Continue reading

February 26th FB Meeting Agenda

Faculty Benefits Committee
Agenda for February 26th 2016
2:10 pm in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

  1. Chairs Update
  2. Approval of February 12th minutes
  3. Review of questions for John Loyack
  • What do you see as the role of the Faculty Benefits Committee?
  • What is the timetable for developing the College’s budget and how does Faculty Benefits fit in?
  • What percent of the College’s budget should go to academics?  How is this percentage determined?
  • The campus community was told to only expect a 1% increase in salaries for the foreseeable future; will this expectation be changed based on the new revenue streams that Fr. Ryan mentioned in his most recent forum?
  • How big of a priority is getting salaries to parity?
  • Salary increases from Faculty promotions come out of the overall faculty salary increase pool, does this also happen for staff and administration?
  • What is the overall goal of eliminating faculty positions?
  • When Faculty positions are eliminated what happens to the money that was saved?
  • How is it decided which strategic plan goals are more important than others?
  • Did the Board specify that all King’s healthcare plans much have an 80/20 cost sharing, or just the overall average of King’s healthcare plans be 80/20?
  • How many employees are on each of the healthcare plans?
  • How much do each of the healthcare plans cost King’s?
  • Will the retirement match ever be increased back to 10.25%?
  1. Discussion of Fr. Ryan’s proposal to change comparison group for benchmarking faculty salaries
  2. Development of Faculty Compensation Plan
  3. Discussion Part Time Faculty Survey
  4. Role of FB Committee and how FB fits into new budget cycle
  5. Alternatives to step system
  6. New business
  7. Adjournment

 

Next special meeting March 1st 10:30-11 Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

Next regular meeting March 18th Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

Chair’s Update February 12th FB Meeting

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

  • The Committee’s salary recommendation is due to Fr. Ryan at the beginning of April
  • Mark Naylor had responded to the committee’s parking recommendations, but there still seems to be some confusion
  • John Loyack is unable to attend our February 26th meeting, and an alternative date is being sought
  • Faculty Council briefly discussed the proposal to add Faculty representatives to the Board. It was concluded that it would require a constitution change and was sent to the constitution review committee for their consideration.
  • The part-time faculty survey only needs to be sent to Faculty Council if their endorsement is desired. It was suggested to send the survey to the Dean of the faculty prior to it being administered. The IRB is still being consulted.
  • Ghezzi has said that he should be able to send the Committee his analysis of Faculty Salaries by February 24th

The Minutes from the January 29th FB meeting were approved and are now posted on the faculty governance website.

Drs. Evan and Bukeavich will be invited to attend the February 26th meeting to discuss the elements that are in place for getting faculty salaries to parity as well as their interest in working with FB to develop a shared understanding of timelines, objectives, and implementation.

FB developed questions to be asked of John Loyack when he attends a future meeting.

Next meeting February 26th  in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

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