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The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained

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1973

May, 1973

University releases the last benefits report, written by a task force of faculty and administrators.

1993

May, 1993

Human Resources Office begins benefits review.

October 15, 1993

University establishes Task Force on Benefits, chaired by then-Provost Jerry R. Green. Twenty-nine focus groups are formed. Unions refuse an advisory role.

November, 1993

Office of Human Resources launches study of employee health plan changes.

1994

April

April 12, 1994

Green announces he will leave the position of Provost to return to teaching. Vice-President Sally R. Zeckhauser assumes control of the task force.

April 13, 1994

Faculty Advisory Committee is briefed on the changes. Members expect to vote on the benefits changes.

April 20, 1994

The task force presents status report. There is no mention of possible pension reductions.

May

June

June, 1994

The task force releases some of its preliminary findings to the Harvard community.

July

July, 1994

Professor William Paul requests the names of the Faculty Advisory committee.

Aug.

Sep.

September 8, 1994

Zeckhauser releases names after consulting each of the 10 members of the committee.

Oct.

October 11, 1994

Faculty Council discusses the benefits changes.

October 18, 1994

The full Faculty discusses benefits changes. Dean of the Faculty Jeremy R. Knowles appoints Caves and Abernathy to investigate the process.

Nov.

November 8, 1994

Professors Caves and Abernathy recommend a Standing Benefits Review Committee.

November 15, 1994

The Faculty discusses the formation of two standing committees to review benefits.

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