Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date July 18, 2014
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Macalester College
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jason Dempster
Associate Director
Compensation & Benefits
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Number of employees:
778

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
778

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
69

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
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A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

Macalester College recently reviewed and updated the pay grades, pay ranges and position descriptions for the college and restructured our compensation program ensure that our compensation is up-to-date, fair, and equitable to attract and retain a high-caliber, diverse workforce. Our Employee Services Department participates in multiple salary surveys and in return receives the results of these surveys which include participation of similar institutions. These salary surveys are compared to position descriptions to establish market pay practices for positions, instead of prevailing wages, and continually monitors to ascertain that benefit cost increases to employees are limited to the greatest extent possible. The Department also monitors the City of St. Paul living wage definition and comfortably exceeds it.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
778

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
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A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

Macalester College recently reviewed and updated the pay grades, pay ranges and position descriptions for the college and restructured our compensation program ensure that our compensation is up-to-date, fair, and equitable to attract and retain a high-caliber, diverse workforce. Our Employee Services Department participates in multiple salary surveys and in return receives the results of these surveys which include participation of similar institutions. These salary surveys are compared to position descriptions to establish market pay practices for positions, instead of prevailing wages, and continually monitors to ascertain that benefit cost increases to employees are limited to the greatest extent possible. The Department also monitors the City of St. Paul living wage definition and comfortably exceeds it.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

lowest paid regular, full-time employees: Macalester College provides a comprehensive benefits program designed to provide employees with the resources they need to maintain their well-being in all respects. Macalester College offers wages which are competitive, up-to-date, fair, and equitable to attract and retain a high-caliber and diverse workforce of community-oriented staff and administrators who are dedicated to supporting the College’s vision to be a world class institution.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Macalester College provides wages to part-time employees which are equitable with full-time employees based upon full-time equivalent. Additionally, wages exceed the City of St. Paul living wage definition when scaled to full-time equivalent. Macalester’s comprehensive benefits program incorporates the majority of benefits offered and provided to full-time employees. A small fraction of benefits are scaled in cost based upon full-time equivalent. Overall benefits offered to part-time employees exceed market averages.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

Macalester College provides a comprehensive benefits program designed to provide employees with the resources they need to maintain their well-being in all respects. Macalester College offers wages which are competitive, up-to-date, fair, and equitable to attract and retain a high-caliber and diverse workforce of community-oriented staff and administrators who are dedicated to supporting the College’s vision to be a world class institution.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

Macalester College provides a comprehensive benefits program designed to provide employees with the resources they need to maintain their well-being in all respects. Macalester College offers wages which are competitive, up-to-date, fair, and equitable to attract and retain a high-caliber and diverse workforce of community-oriented staff and administrators who are dedicated to supporting the College’s vision to be a world class institution.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

Macalester College offers student employees’ wages as part of tuition assistance. These wages appropriately compensate student employees for the work performed in a variety of varying roles. Student employees are not eligible to participate in Macalester’s benefits program. Graduate students may participate in Macalester’s benefits program if there hours/FTE meets or exceeds the eligibility standard for the respective benefit. If eligible, Macalester College provides a comprehensive benefits program designed to provide employees with the resources they need to maintain their well-being in all respects.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
7.25 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
No

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

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