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Faculty and Staff

Nov. 14, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As we have discussed before, in Winthrop’s FY 2017-2018 budget we identified $402,000 for distribution to Winthrop faculty and staff in FTE positions to address competitive compensation; and now I would like to explain how these funds will be distributed.

Based on an evaluation of employees’ salaries, 193 or 23% of Winthrop’s faculty and staff will each receive base salary increases in the amount of $1,500. Those employees whose salaries were farthest from the median identified for their classification or faculty discipline and rank will receive base salary increases. Employees who will receive base salary increases will be notified no later than November 16, 2017, and the increases will be reflected in the December 1 paycheck.

In order to determine who will receive the $1,500 increase, we compared the base salaries of all employees in regular FTE positions to median salaries as determined by salary surveys conducted specifically for the higher education industry by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Winthrop’s evaluation process compared state classifications and faculty rank to CUPA data for comparison groups identified to be similar in region and scope to Winthrop.

To support this process in future years, Winthrop is currently working with the state procurement office to select an outside consultant to conduct a comprehensive classification and compensation study. This study will inform decisions regarding employee compensation, identify strategies for addressing salary concerns, review employee classifications and suggest adjustments where necessary, and identify additional comparative data sources.

This is a positive step toward addressing Winthrop’s compensation issues, although I realize we still have work to do. Moving forward, we will continue to give employee compensation a high priority in our budgeting and planning process.

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