BUSINESS SERVICES BULLETINS

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2001-2002 Parking Rates

For academic year 2001-2002, permit parking fees will increase an average of 5%, a $1.25 per week increase in most University parking lots. The average permit parking rate will be $5.13 per working day, which is significantly less than the new daily flat rate of $10 that non-permit holders will pay in Penn's transient parking lots.

The general permit parking fee structure is compliant with University policies that require the Parking Program to be self-supporting. Parking fees pay for surface lot improvements (e.g., costs of pavement, fencing, striping, control gates), reduce the construction debt on garages, finance new construction of parking facilities, pay parking taxes and real estate rental fees, pay the salaries of attendants, and cover the cost of operating expenses (e.g., electricity, decals, snow removal).

2001-2002 Permit Parking Rates

15% City of Philadelphia parking tax included
Permit Class Description Annual Rate (Sept-Aug) Two Semester Rate (Sept-May)
Class A Campus Parking $1,320.00 $990.00
Class B Remote/Student Commuter $789.00 $591.75
Class C Evening/Weekend $399.00 $299.25
Class D Department Reserved $1,758.00 N/A

University faculty and staff are encouraged to pay their parking fees in installments through automatic payroll deduction. Equal installments (12 monthly or 52 weekly) will be taken from each pay issued September through August. Additionally, you will be automatically enrolled in the Penn Commuter Choice program, which offers you significant tax savings by deducting parking fees (up to $175 per month or $2,100 per year) on a pre-tax basis. Through Penn Commuter Choice, you do not pay federal or FICA taxes on the deducted amount.

--Leroy Nunery, Vice President, Business Services

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Penn Children's Center Fee Reduction/Open Enrollment

Each year the Penn Children's Center (the University's child-care program) and the Division of Human Resources set aside funds to help reduce the cost of the program for qualified Penn staff. In January, the Penn Children's Center moved to new, larger quarters the Left Bank complex at 3160 Chestnut Street. Applications are now being accepted for summer and fall enrollment for toddlers and preschool age children. Waitlist applications for infants are also being accepted.

The Penn Children's Center serves children ages 12 weeks through 5 years. The program features weekly themes and a diverse, multicultural curriculum, based on the principles of early childhood education. PCC features a nurturing infant program, well-equipped classrooms with computers, a multi-purpose indoor-gym room, and an outdoor playground. The teaching staff is highly trained in early childhood education.

Tuition fees for July 2, 2001 through June 30, 2002

- Penn Rate Regular Rate Sliding fee A Sliding fee B
Pre School
5 days $182 $206 $110 $137
4 days $158 $179 $ 95 $119
3 days $129 $146 $ 75 $ 97
2 days $ 94 $106 $ 56 $ 71
Toddlers
5 days $223 $249 $134 $167
4 days $199 $223 $120 $150
3 days $176 $197 $105 $132
2 days $117 $131 $ 70 $ 88
Infants
5 days $270 $298 $162 $202
4 days $234 $259 $140 $175
3 days $193 $214 $116 $145
2 days $129 $142 $ 78 $ 97
Drop in Care - - -
Preschool $45 Sliding fee A rates for Univ. staff only, with combined family income below $50,000.
Toddlers $52 Sliding fee B rates for Univ. staff only, with combined family income below $60,000.
Infants $65 - - -

Penn rate available to Penn faculty, staff, students, and UPHS employees. Assisted rate available only to regular University (not UPHS) faculty and staff who meet eligibility requirements. Subject to space availability.

Please contact Anjali Chawla, Director, at (215) 898-5268 for additional information or to arrange a tour. Visit http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/childcare/.

--Marie Witt, Associate Vice President, Business Services

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SEPTA Rates/Compass Program

The SEPTA fare increases have caused an increase in the cost of Compass Program commuter passes. Beginning July 1, 2001, the new prices are as follows:

City Pass $63.00
Zone #2 $95.40
Zone #3 $113.85
Zone #4 $130.50
Zone #5 $146.70

There are two types of commuter passes. A Transpass allows you to travel and transfer with no limit on city buses, trolleys, and subways. A Trailpass is zone specific: it offers you unlimited travel up to the applicable zone (indicated on the face of the pass) on bus routes, regional high-speed train routes, and transit routes within the city.

For monthly-paid employees, the applicable fees are deducted from the previous month's pay on a monthly basis. For weekly-paid employees, four weekly installments are deducted each month. All passes are purchased at a 10% discount through payroll deduction. Faculty and staff may have a portion of the purchase amount (maximum of $65 per month) deducted on a pre-tax basis. Commuter passes are available through payroll deduction only.

For information, visit the Compass Program's website: www.upenn.edu/transportation/partnership/compass.html. Compass applications are available at the Transportation and Parking office: Suite 447A, 3401 Walnut St.

--Leroy Nunery, Vice President, Business Services

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Computer Sale, Tax Free Holiday

The Penn Computer Connection announces the University's annual Back-to-School Computer Sale. Coinciding with this year's sale is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's PC Tax Free Holiday. Purchases made August 5-12, 2001 for computer systems and any software, peripherals, and select accessories will be exempt from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's traditional 7% sales tax. In order to meet the exemption requirements all items must be purchased with a computer, on a single invoice.

Faculty and staff may be eligible to finance their computer purchase via monthly payroll deductions through Penn's Credit Union. More details on the Back-to-School Sale and the tax holiday are available online: www.upenn.edu/ccx.

--Leroy Nunery, Vice President, Business Services

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Launching Creative Communications

Following several months of study, recommendations from external consultants, and a successful pilot program (launched in June 2000), the Division of Business Services has restructured Publications Services and is overhauling the University's print procurement process. Since April 2001, the new program resulted in a savings of approximately 22% ($84,575) over the standard way of acquiring jobs.

The new department, called Creative Communications, will manage the following service areas:

  • Creative Services (graphic design/layout)
  • Print Procurement Services (print procurement, production planning, stationery)
  • Logan 4 Advertising (advertising planning and placement)
  • Photography (image library and coordination of customized photo shoots)

Our Goals, Your Benefits Creative Communications' objectives include:

  • Develop creative concepts and designs targeted to meet specific communications objectives
  • Capture a significant portion of the University's printing volume to obtain volume discounts on all print purchases
  • Provide competitive bidding services to secure the most favorable print pricing and compliance with University procurement guidelines
  • Offer print buying services with no increase in allocated costs, at a minimal cost to the customer
  • Provide advertising planning and placement services
  • Drive the West Philadelphia/minority business initiative
  • Implement and ensure high quality standards and consistency with University graphics and image program

University affiliates benefit from this new system with the following services (all managed by Creative Communications):

  • Creative products designed with a thorough understanding of the University's mission and identity standards
  • Access to an extensive photography library of University images-available when products are designed through Creative Communications
  • Discounts on advertising placements based on University volume rates
  • Core group of preferred printers identified to offer the University maximum discounts
  • Printer capabilities and technology matched to your demands
  • Competitive bidding, negotiated contracts, high quality products, and services at competitive costs
  • Production planning, project specification development, scheduling, and vendor performance evaluation
  • Ongoing quality assurance assessment

To Access Our Services

Creative Communications is poised to assist you immediately with your creative and print procurement needs. All print procurement conducted through Creative Communications will automatically meet the University's competitive bidding requirements. All print purchases of $5,000 or more are subject to the same competitive bid policy as other commodities. (Note: Acquisitions Services will review all print purchase order requests to ensure compliance with this policy. For information, call Acquisitions Services at (215) 898-7216.)

For information, or to access Creative Communications' services, call any of the following:

Carol Morris Meisinger (215) 898-4372
Dave Umfer (215) 898-1926
Creative Communications (215) 898-4838

--Leroy Nunery, Vice President, Business Services


Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 1, July 17, 2001

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