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July 28, 2014
Temple’s Trustees Pass Budget, Raise Tuition
Following the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s July 10 approval of Temple’s state appropriation of $146.5 million, the Temple University Board of Trustees approved the University’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 on July 17. This is the first budget under the fully-implemented decentralized budgeting system (aka RCM).
Some highlights of Temple’s proposed budget:
- “Undergraduate base tuition for in- and out-of state students will be increased by $600 or a blended increase of 3.69%.” Blended is a kind of average because there are differential tuition rates for different schools. Thus, for lower-tuition schools, like CLA and Education, the increase for Pennsylvania residents is 4.5% and for non-PA residents, it is 2.6%. Some schools have higher base tuition rates, such as Fox SBM, where the $600 increase for PA residents is 3.4% and for non-PA residents is 2.0%.
- Mandatory student fees remain unchanged.
- Fall 2014 freshmen enrollment is projected to increase by 200 students and out-of-state undergraduate students to increase by 0.5% to 22.1%.
- Student financial aidwill increase by $9.645 million, i.e., by 12.5%.
- Total salary and benefits costs are budgeted to increase by $12.108 million.
With respect to salary and benefits, there’s no indication of what portion is slated for raises for faculty, librarians and academic professionals in the TAUP bargaining unit. Since the total of base salaries for the over 1,400 individuals in the bargaining unit as of June 30 was $130.1 million, each one percent increase would cost $1.3 million.
Temple administration and TAUP are engaged in contract talks, but we have been waiting for Pennsylvania to decide on our appropriation and for the Board of Trustees to pass the budget before discussing economic issues, i.e., pay and benefits. Thus, neither side has put proposals on the table. We hope to start those discussions in late August.
Temple’s state appropriation for the coming fiscal year – $139.9 million under the PA Department of Education and $6.5 million under the Department of Public Welfare – remains unchanged from last year. Even so, Temple projects that the total of increased revenues will match the total of increased expenditures.
The budget document distributed to the Board of Trustees comprises just seven pages, plus 10 pages giving the new tuition rates in the various schools and colleges. It is impossible to get either a detailed picture of budget changes from last year to this one, or any idea where the money goes in the schools/colleges and other budget units. We certainly hope that the onset of decentralized budgeting will make these details more transparent. Temple is Philadelphia’s public university; all of its operations should be open to the public’s understanding.
July 22, 2014
TAUP’s Annual Audit for 2013
In February, 2014, as we do annually, TAUP submitted to a financial review of the 2013 fiscal year (January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013) by the American Federation of Teachers. Yhasmine Bryan, AFT Assistant Director for Financial Operations, performed the audit in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and in compliance with the AFT’s Constitution and Bylaws.
The results of the financial review were received in June 2014, and the full report was presented to and accepted by the TAUP Executive Committee at the regular monthly meeting on Monday June 16, 2014. The auditor’s report found our financial records and internal controls to be in good condition.
TAUP dues paying members may view the complete report by request at the TAUP office at 1900 N 13th St, Barton Hall, room A231. Contact John DiBenedetto at 1-7641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 23, 2014
Contract Discussions Underway
Non-economic Issues First
TAUP and Temple administration have been quietly discussing contract issues over the past month, trying an approach different from the past. Based on issues TAUP identified in our Bargaining Issues Survey this spring and that the administration identified in the contract, the two sides agreed to set up discussions on six non-economic topics:
1. NTT issues: multi-year appointments; procedures and standards with respect to reappointment, promotion, and merit; involvement in department and college decision-making
2. Tenure & promotion: including the role of the Provost’s recommendations; the role of the University Tenure & Promotion Advisory Committee; the status of college and university standards and criteria; letters from independent external evaluators
3. Workload: class size and enrollment caps; release time standards; recognition for service roles; research and grant funding
4. Librarians: length of initial appointment; promotion to L3 prior to receipt of regular appointment (librarians’ equivalent of tenure); language on 35-hour workweek; 10-month vs. 12-month appointments; flexible work arrangements
5. Discipline: the role of mediation in the discipline process in Article 12; specification of disciplinary charges; the burden of proof
6. Childcare: need for on-campus daycare for the children of faculty, staff and students
So far, we have had meetings of small groups of TAUP representatives with Temple administrators on the first four topics, and meetings are scheduled for the other two. NTTs represent TAUP for the NTT discussion; tenured faculty for the T&P discussion; a mixture for Workload; and librarians for their discussion; those responsible for our grievance procedure for the Discipline discussion; and some interested faculty for the Childcare discussion. Management has chosen a variety of administrators for each discussion too. The constants in all discussions are TAUP President Art Hochner and Temple Associate Vice President for Human Resources Sharon Boyle.
TAUP would like input from interested members about these issues, especially on Childcare. Please contact Art Hochner (email@example.com) or Terry Kilpatrick-Weaver (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will schedule further meetings on these non-economic subjects, too, when the two sides are ready to continue the discussion. We have not begun to discuss economic issues (e.g., salaries and benefits), which will have to wait, at least, for the passage of next year’s state appropriation and for the actual implementation of decentralized budgeting.
These discussions are a variation on the technique called interest-based bargaining, in which the parties try to identify the important issues that each has, share information, and seek mutually beneficial solutions. It differs from the customary bargaining over formal proposals and counter-proposals, and can promote a more positive, cooperative relationship between management and TAUP.