Message from the President

August 13, 2018

I am pleased to share with the campus community more details about the raise plan for faculty and unclassified staff announced at the Convocation earlier today. 

With the finalization of the campus budget planning process that unfolded over the last several weeks, it has been determined that approximately $2.4 million will be allocated to fund the raise plan which applies to all full-time faculty and unclassified staff employed as of June 30, 2018.  The pay raise plan is feasible at this time because of stable state funding and an increase in self-generated funds associated with anticipated enrollment growth.

The following raise plan details were developed after multiple conversations with division heads, deans, department heads and faculty leaders.

Consistent with the commitment made as part of last year’s raise plan, the most recent four years of merit evaluations that were taken into consideration with last year’s plan will also be used in determining current year raises.  As a result, up to five total years of merit evaluations (from 2013-14 forward) will be considered in determining the current year raises. 

Given that the overall raise pool will be approximately 4% of the current salary base, each department will receive a raise pool based on .80 % of eligible employees’ current salaries per year for up to five years of each individual’s employment in their current position.

Accordingly, as was the case with last year’s raise plan, departments that experienced low turnover, and as a result have salaries that generally reflect lower historical levels, will receive somewhat higher raise pools than departments that have experienced more turnover with resulting salaries that are more reflective of current market.

Individual employee raises will be determined based on the recommendation of the supervisor and will vary based on the amount of the departmental pool, each employee’s prior years’ merit evaluations in their current position, and other relevant factors.

Please also keep in mind that all raise recommendations will be reviewed up the administrative line through the President prior to submission to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. Once approved by the Board, raises will be reflected in the next regular pay period, hopefully Friday, August 31, for faculty and unclassified staff,  and will be effective retroactively to July 1.


John L. Crain