Day 12 – July 24, 2012, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
A vendor who designs software to support student course evaluations gave a short presentation over the phone. The evaluation forms would be completed online by our students. However, after the presentation, we told the administration we were not interested in having students complete evaluations online. The average response rate for the online system is less than 50% while the response rate with paper and pencil is about 85%. We believe that proctors are needed; this would eliminate the responsibility on the faculty and students of administering, collecting, or turning in the completed forms.
DAY 11 – July 19, 2012, 10 – Noon
Today Blue Cross/Blue Shield gave a presentation to both teams on the HMO options they are offering – Healthy Living and Basic - and the Health Savings Account options which EMU has made available as an option for both the clericals and administrators. The Health Savings Account or HSA is a high deductible plan that covers the same services we currently have. The difference is that EMU will charge a premium of $360 annually to singles and up to $1080 annually to couples/families; there are also deductibles of $2500 for singles and $5000 for couples/families. The University is, however, offering to give $500 toward the deductible for singles and $1000 for couples/families to offset the premiums. Any balance left in the HSA can be carried forward into the next calendar year. The drawback to this plan is that a faculty member must pay the entire deductible out of pocket before the health insurance begins to pay.
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Working Together for the benefit of EMU
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