MARQUETTE MATTERS Marquette prepares for reaffirmation of accreditation site visit Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 Campus community is encouraged to attend open forums during visit By Andy Brodzeller On Monday, Sept. 30, Marquette will welcome nine peer reviewers who will conduct a threeday site visit to review Marquette’s operations, the key step in the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation process. The visit is the culmination of a two-year process that produced a selfstudy that demonstrates how Marquette meets the criteria established by the Higher Learning Commission, Marquette’s accrediting agency. Hundreds of members from across campus, using more than 1,200 pieces of evidence, helped prepare the self-study, which is posted on the accreditation website, marquette.edu/accreditation. Since the review team will meet with various groups around campus, individuals are encouraged to review the sections of the self-study pertinent to their work. An overview of the self‑study, along with what to expect during the site visit, is provided in a briefing document that is also posted online. Dr. Gary Meyer, chair of the reaffirmation initiative and vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, believes the hard work and dedication put into the self-study will be evident to the peer review team. “I am proud and thankful for the work that was invested to complete the self-study and the ongoing preparation for the site visit,” said Meyer. “I am confident that we have provided the peer review team with a thoughtful and honest reflection of Marquette’s operations.” Meyer, along with Toby Peters, co-chair of the initiative and senior associate vice president, have spent the last six weeks meeting with more than 1,200 members of the campus community to answer questions about the site visit and self-study. According to Peters, it’s important for the campus community to understand that the review team is here to provide helpful and useful feedback regarding Marquette’s operations, a message echoed by President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., in a welcome message to the peer review team in the self-study. “The Jesuit concept of magis asks us to be mindful of how we can continuously improve and do better — an ideal that fits well with the reaffirmation of accreditation effort,” Pilarz wrote. During the site visit, members of the campus community are encouraged to attend open forums to directly engage with the site visit team (see sidebar). The open forums, along with all other details of the site visit, have been organized by a committee chaired by deans Lori Bergen and Janice Welburn, along with Peters. “With the adoption of Marquette’s strategic plan, it’s an exciting and proud time to welcome the site review team to campus,” said Welburn. “It will be a busy three days on campus.” After the site visit, the site visit team will submit its report and findings to the Higher Learning Commission. The final results of the reaffirmation process are expected sometime in early- to mid-spring. OPEN FORUMS Monday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. Members of the site visit team will host three simultaneous open forums Monday afternoon, providing an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to directly engage with reviewers. Location and RSVP information is available online at marquette.edu/accreditation. Dates to know: Benefits enrollment 2014 The 2014 annual benefits enrollment period will begin Monday, Oct. 28, and run through Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. On-campus health risk assessments will begin Monday, Oct. 28, and run through Saturday, Nov. 23. On-campus HRA appointment scheduling will be available online beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. Benefits Information and Wellness Day has been moved to Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. based on employee feedback. New this year, the EPO plan is moving from first-dollar coverage to a deductible and co-insurance plan like the PPO plan. The in-network co-insurance rate for both plans is 20 percent. The EPO plan deductible is $500 for single and $1,000 for the “employee + 1” and family levels, and the PPO plan deductible is $1,000 for single and $2,000 for the “employee + 1” and family levels. Employees who choose either of these plans will see a decrease of approximately 9 percent in their monthly insurance premiums. The university has also added a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to its offerings, with a $4,000 deductible for single and an $8,000 deductible for “employee + 1” and family levels. Employees who choose this plan will see a decrease in their monthly insurance Benefits Dates to Know Enrollment period: Monday, Oct. 28 – Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 HRA appointment scheduling begins: Tuesday, Oct. 1 Benefits Information and Wellness Day: Tuesday, Oct. 29 premium, but will have a higher yearly out-of-pocket maximum (deductible and co-insurance). These changes were made to prepare the university for health care reform requirements related to the Health Care Reform Act that will take effect in 2015. Features of the 2014 benefits plan include, but are not limited to: n A 10 percent discount on the employee portion of the 2014 medical premiums for those who complete the two-part HRA. Spouses and same-sex domestic partners are again encouraged to voluntarily participate in the HRA process. However, the Marquette employee must participate in order to receive the insurance discount. n All three tiers, “single”, “employee + 1” and “family” plan options, are still available for all three plans, as well as the dental and vision plans. n University/employee overall cost-sharing at 80/20 percent (for the university’s entire medical plan) encompasses monthly premiums, co-pays, deductible and co-insurance. n A yearly health flexible spending account maximum of $2,500 n Dental and vision plans remain the same, with no increase in premiums. Employees do not need to re-enroll in the medical, dental or vision offerings unless they are changing their plan. Those who wish to participate in the flexible spending account benefit must either enroll or re-enroll at myjob.mu.edu. Employees who want to enroll or re-enroll in the MetLaw benefit must fill out the form provided in the benefits packet sent to their home, or download the form from marquette.edu/hr.