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University of New Haven Employee Benefits


A long time ago and a short time ago. In a place both near and far away a professor believed he was forced to retire. Many thing were done to him that were unusual. As part of the professor's benefits he was entitled to have his daughter receive tuition exchange benefits. When he inquired he was told that this benefit was not part of the retirement package. His ex wife also called to enquire and was told that he was entitled to this benefit but he had failed to fill out the paper work. He could fill out the paper work and be eligible the following year. The following is what is taking place through e-mails. The outcome is not yet resolved yet.

This was sent to the Professor by the daughters step father. The university that the daughter had applied informed her mother that the tuition exchange was the decision of the university that her father worked at.
E-mail

May 9, 2006
To: David Morris
From K N
The web site is Mission

Tuition Exchange, a 501-c3 non-profit association of colleges and universities, was founded 54 years ago with the purpose to make careers in higher education more attractive. We do this through a reciprocal scholarship program, which finances college tuition for the children and other family members of faculty and staff employed at participating institutions.

Members

570 private and public, not for profit, participating institutions located in 47 states, DC and UK representing the diversity of higher education in the US. Fifteen to 25 schools join each year.
Scholarships 4,700 awards annually at full tuition or a set rate ($23,500 for 2006/07) if an institution's tuition is higher than this rate. Average scholarship is about $21,000. Exchanges are accomplished through trading, no money changes hands and no accounting is done for variations in tuition.

Award Process
The employing institution certifies candidates as scholarship applicants. The receiving institution sets the number and criteria for award decisions. Satisfying admissions criteria does not make awards automatic. About a third of our members make awards to less than half of the qualified applicants.

Compatibility

Remitted tuition exchanges are an extension of "at home" tuition waivers. Many of our members belong to two or more exchanges and some also provide tuition grants.

Cost

Annual Dues $400; Participation Fees $35 per export; and one-time Initiation Fee $350 - dues and fees increased periodically, not annually.

TE Headquarters

A small staff with offices in Washington, D.C., which monitors Exchange transactions, recruits new members, assists Liaison Officers and families at participating institutions. Scholarship awards are granted by member institutions and not by The Tuition
Membership in Tuition Exchange
Who can join?

Regionally accredited public and non-profit institutions of higher education are eligible for membership and may apply anytime during the year.

Member Benefits

Human Resources -- The Tuition Exchange was started fifty-four years ago to make careers in higher education more attractive. Financing college tuition for children and other family members of faculty and staff employed at participating institutions helps attract and retain outstanding employees. Because of reciprocity and admissions requirements, TE is an opportunity and not an automatic benefit.
Diverse Opportunities -- our membership list of around 560 colleges and universities offers considerable choice. Participating institutions are located in forty-seven states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom. Exchange schools are well represented in most of the

Carnegie Groupings:
Enrollment Management -- membership helps schools attract students who would not otherwise attend and often TE Candidates qualify for top merit awards.

Flexibility -- Members establish their own guidelines for receiving and sending as many students as they like, provided that they maintain a fairly even exchange balance.
Value -- Offering tax-free remitted tuition scholarships in exchange for full or substantial scholarships at 570 schools makes the Tuition Exchange invaluable.

Member Obligations
Establish policies and guidelines governing employee eligibility with a priority mechanism for the selection of final TE candidates in the event demand exceeds slots available and a process to determine which candidates nominated by TE members will be awarded scholarships.
Appoint a liaison officer with administrative responsibility for the program.

Follow reciprocity rules to maintain a fairly balanced exchange (members that are 100% out of balance over the most current five-year period are restricted from making any new commitments).
Offer full tuition scholarships or an optional set amount for schools with tuition higher than this amount ($23,500 for 2006-2006).

Honor all continuing commitments.
Learn More about Membership by requesting a membership package from the Tuition Exchange office (see contact information below).
How to Join
An officer of the institution should send an e-mail or letter of intent to Robert L. Norris, President of The Tuition Exchange, Inc. at the address below with a copy of the school's current catalog or website address. Regionally accredited public and non-profit institutions of higher education will be considered for membership at any time during the year. A formal membership agreement will be prepared with duplicate copies sent to the prospective member. One signed copy should be returned with payment of the one time only $350 initiation fee.
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This e-mail was sent to the Benefits Manager at UNH.
E-mail
May 11, 2006
To: UNH Benefits
From: David Morris

Dear P P:

There seems to have been misinformation mistakenly given to both you and me in reference to my employee benefit of tuition exchange for my daughter M M in the Fall 2006.

I was informed by you (after you checked) at three different times that I was not eligible for this benefit because of my early retirement program. My wife was present at one of these meetings.

My ex wife was informed by you this week that I was eligible and just did not apply. Please assure that if I would have been granted this benefit for the Fall 2006 because of my years of service at the University that my daughter is added immediately. I have always found when mistakes are made at UNH that these are rectified. This has been one of our strengths. Please copy the above people on any correspondences.

My ex wife informed me that her lawyer was told by a university on the tuition exchange list that this is an easy thing to rectify at UNH for my daughter.

David Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing

copy:
Lawyer
P N
K N
M M
Dean Jess Boronico

This e-mail sent to UNH Benefits Manager by the Daughter's mother.
Email
To: P P
From P N
Please FAX me a copy today, of the policy that states that faculty taking early retirement are not eligible for the tuition exchange program. 
Thank you. 
Respectfully,
Sent to Daughter's mother from Benefits Manager
P N
-----Original Message-----
From: P, Py
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 11:15 AM
To: P N
Subject: RE: Please make the proper changes
It is not in writing just as many other benefits which were discussed are not in writing.

P. P P
Associate Director of Human Resources

Sent to David Morris from Benefits Manager
E-mail
To: David Morris
From: PP
May 16 2006
David,

I went back through all of my paperwork regarding the Faculty Early
Retirement Plan and did in fact find notes that the faculty who were
taking the Early Retirement Plan would NOT be eligible for the Tuition
Exchange Program.

Unfortunately, when your ex-wife called me I told her otherwise.

I do apologize for my error and for the confusion I may have created.

So we are all clear, you are not eligible for the Tuition Exchange
Program, only for the Tuition Remission program if your daughter attends
UNH.

PP

Associate Director of Human Resources
University of New Haven

Sent back to Benefits Manager from David Morris asking the President of the University to intervene.
E-mail
To: UNH
From: David Morris
May 16, 2006
Dear P P:
Was there anyone else who put in for early retirement in 2005 that wanted to apply for the tuition exchange program told that their child would not be eligible?
Was the change in the tuition exchange faculty benefit put in writing in any materials that were decimated to those consider retirement?
Would I have received this benefit for my daughter had I not put in for retirement?
Please ask President Kaplan to correct this mistake made in my faculty member benefits. I am sure that he will rectify this immediately and my daughter will be included as agreed.
DM

May 22 2006
David
Our Tuition Exchange policy restricts the program to faculty who teach an equivalent of 24 credit hours. I'm attaching a copy of the policy. Please look at Eligibility section a (i). This policy has been in effect since February 1, 1990 and is published annually and is available on the University's internal (http://intra:1081) HR web Page.
You were the only one who asked about the TEP.
 I hope this puts this Tuition Exchange issue to bed as to why you are not eligible.
 P
Associate Director of Human Resources
Benefits Manager

Sent to Benefits Manager
May 23 2006
Dear P:
At your request I have looked at the retirement agreement dated August 9, 2005. On page two number 4 it states. During the Three-Year Transition period (From 9/1/05 to 8/31/08), you will retain all full-time tenured faculty rights and status.
According to this sentence it would seem that a mistake or over site was made in rejecting my lone request for the tuition exchange program benefit for my daughter. I would have been one of the five selected.

Again, I ask if you would contact President Kaplan and get his determination. This is very easy for him to resolve.
David Morris
No word back yet.

Marketing Application: INDIVIDUAL

This particular interaction on the surface appears to be a very simple thing to rectify. Many things are very easy to rectify but often in business there are other reasons why actions take place. At this point I cannot judge. This is why I have asked for the President to intervene. When a disagreement happens it is best to always assume that the actions of others are in good faith and act accordingly. Many people assume the worst and say and do things that are not productive. Even if it happens to be done for other reasons that are not in good faith it is still best to consider this to be so. This does not mean that you must stop your pursuit to the request. There may be other positive outlets to explore and include.

IN THE CURRENT CORPORATE UNDERSTANDING OF BUSINESS LEADERSHIP IT IS BETTER TO NOT RESPOND. IN MANY CASES EMPLOYEES SHOULD STOP PERUSING AT THIS TIME. IN A CORPORATION WHERE LEADERSHIP IS PSYCHOPATHIC AND VINDICTIVE (SEE LINKS) THE PERSON PUTTING IN THE REQUEST IS NEVER FORGIVEN. THIS CAN OFTEN SEND A MESSAGE OF FEAR AND SILENCE TO ALL OTHERS WITHIN THE COMPANY. SEE MARKETING THEORY W E- BOOK ON THIS WEB SITE.
DM
Very little is spontaneous.