Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tuition Waiver and Health Care Forums

Staff Alliance received an update TODAY from Michelle Rizk, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer for UA with IMPORTANT information for staff:


Employee Education Benefits Revision

We have information posted on the HR website that outlines the changes.

There have been some questions about the implementation of the UA Education Benefit. Here is some additional information. Applications for educational benefits for employees with a hire date prior to January 1, 2013 will be processed as follows:
Those employees will not need to serve a waiting period to use educational benefits. Those employees may apply for term maximum 8 credit hours tuition waived in the Spring 2013 Semester and thereafter but limited by the academic year maximum. Those employees will not need to meet the GPA requirements for the Spring 2013 Semester, but will need to meet the GPA requirement in subsequent terms.

Employees with a hire date on or after January 1, 2013 will have education benefit applications processed according to all provisions of the new regulation.


Health Care Forums
The dates have been set for the health care forums and we are working on an all staff communication to go out about the forums.
Thursday, January 17th

Thursday, January 17th

Friday, January 18th

Wednesday, January 23rd


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Joint Health Care Committee to Hold Open Forums

Staff Alliance has been told INFORMALLY the JHCC will be holding forums to get feedback on their proposed changes to the health care plan in 2013. As of mid-December the schedule was:

Fairbanks – January 17

Anchorage – January 18

Juneau – January 23

We have NOT received a formal announcement nor do we know locations yet. Check back here and keep an eye out for announcements from the JHCC or Statewide. NOTE: We thought it best to put the dates out there because they are fast approaching and we wanted to get the word out about this important opportunity to raise your concerns.

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UPDATE: Changes to Tuition Waiver Benefit Signed

The administration has apparently begun implementing this policy change effective with the Spring 2013 semester. While the President’s Office of Public Affairs announced the changes on December 21, there are still many staff and dependents who are unaware of them. Please spread the word.

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