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Objectives of the Study

Determine the University's current position and competitiveness in the relevant market(s), which can be used to determine recommendations and approaches for moving forward

      • Faculty salaries will be compared with the relevant higher education market by academic discipline and rank
      • Staff positions will be reviewed and evaluated against market competitiveness

Establish updated salary structures, administration and guidelines.  The current pay practices were established more than ten (10) years ago and have not kept up with market fluctuations




Compensation Study Timeline

Winter 2022

Study Findings & Implementation Strategy


Fall 2021

Salary Structure & Pay Administration Guideline Development

Faculty Data Validation: In Progress

Staff Data Validation: Upcoming

Summer 2021

Advisory Committees Recovened


Summer 2019-Summer 2021

Market Assessment

Staff Compensation Review: In Progress

Summer 2021

Slotting of non-benchmarked positions


Spring 2020

Project paused by University Leadership


Winter 2020

Supervisor Validation of market data


Fall 2019

Market Assessment by Segal (formerly Sibson Consulting)


Fall 2019

Data Submission to Segal (formerly Sibson Consulting)


Summer 2019

HR Data Review of submitted Job Analysis Questionnaires


Summer 2019

Job Analysis Questionnaire Training & Completion


Summer 2019

Essential Functions Worksheet Training & Completion



Spring 2019

Compensation Philosophy Development


Spring 2019

Project Kick-Off & Data Collection






April 2021 – Advisory Committees (both Faculty and Staff) reconvened

January 2021- Planning and re-engagement on path forward

November 2020- Project paused per Leadership guidance until January 2021

September 2020- Planning and re-engagement of WKU Leadership on path forward due to COVID-19

March 2020- University-wide Compensation Review Project paused due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

January 2020- Supervisors begin validation review of staff job functions that have been market matched; faculty market assessment data continues to be reviewed.  Faculty and Staff Compensation Committee meetings scheduled for February.

November 2019- Review of staff JAQs completed, market assessments continue for faculty; begins for staff, Compensation Committees updated on project status

October 2019- Job content review continues

September 2019- Reviewed feedback from Compensation Advisory Committees on draft compensation philosophy, comparator groups and compensation pulse survey.

June 2019- Job content review began

April 2019- Faculty and staff focus groups met to review project expectations

March 27, 2019- Campus-wide communication requested the completion of the Essential Functions Worksheet and Job Analysis Questionnaire

March 18, 2019- WKU project team hosted introductory meeting with HR Liaisons

March 2019- WKU project team and Sibson Consulting project team met to develop timeline and key goals for the project

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 Last Modified 9/7/21