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Faculty discusses reclassification

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 09, 2011 7:20 AM

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University of Iowa officials are working to implement a new program that they say will more accurately classify and compensate the university’s employees.

They presented an update on the plan to the UI Faculty Council on Tuesday.

The Classification and Compensation Redesign Project is aimed to produce a new framework for making future classification and salary decisions for about 5,200 non-organized professional and scientific staff members, including research scientists and nurses, according to a presentation given at the meeting.

Kevin Ward, the UI assistant vice president for Human Services, said the new system, if put into place, will help recruit and retain talent to the UI.

The current system has been in place for more than 30 years; the redesign project has been underway since 2008.

“The wheels haven’t fallen off completely, but it needs to be rebuilt,” Ward said.

The new system will not affect the amount of salary funding available for staff members, but it will affect how the salaries are divided.

Staff Council President Amber Seaton said the new system will do a much better job of creating a fair balance for staff members’ salaries.

Appeals to the staffers’ classifications can be made until March 29; the new system is set to make the transition after July 1.

— by Allie Wright


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