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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

Upcoming

Summer/Fall 2021

Salary Structure & Pay Administration Guideline Development

Faculty Data Validation: In Progress

Staff Data Validation: Upcoming

Fall 2020/Early 2021

Market Assessment

Staff Compensation Review: In Progress

Essential Functions Worksheet Training & Completion

Complete

Job Analysis Questionnaire Training & Completion

Complete

HR Data Review of submitted Job Analysis Questionnaires

Complete

Data Submission to Third-Party Consultant- Segal (formerly Sibson Consulting)

Complete

Market Assessment by Segal (formerly Sibson Consulting)

In progress

Slotting of non-benchmarked positions

In Progress

 

Spring 2019

Compensation Philosophy Development

Drafted

Spring 2019

Project Kick-Off & Data Collection

Complete

 

 

 

Updates:

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 5/26/21