Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.90
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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Middlebury College
PAE-11: Sustainable Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.00 / 8.00 Drew Macan
Associate VP for Human Resources & Organizational Development
Human Resources
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Total number of employees working on campus (including contractors):

Number of employees (including contractors) that the institution ensures earn sustainable compensation:

A brief description of how the institution ensures that its lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) receive sustainable compensation:

Middlebury College is very proud to provide a wage scale that is very competitive in our identified job market.  We participate in salary surveys on a regular basis, and for staff our goal is to have our jobs pay, on average, at the 80th percentile of the labor market.  Our compensation structure is built around these market targets. We also have a very generous benefit program that, on average - for benefit-eligible employees (1/2 time or more) – adds an additional  35%  to the College’s cost of labor.  Many of our employee benefits (life, EFAP, and disability) are 100% employer-paid, and while employees do pay a portion of the medical and dental premiums, the employee share is calculated on an income-sensitive basis with the lower-paid employees receiving the largest employer-subsidy. The College participates in salary surveys every year and makes spot adjustments as necessary. In the past three years, we have not passed along any cost increases to employees on their benefits premiums, which are highly income sensitive such that the lower wager earner pay disproportionately less for the same high quality coverage as higher wager earner. The benefits plan also includes maximum amounts that employees would have to pay for prescription drugs in a year. Additionally we have a system of safety nets in place in case of unexpected financial emergencies that employees might face. We regularly gather information informally regarding wages at the college and are instituting a more formal and regular satisfaction evaluation process.

The most recent year total compensation for the institution’s lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) was evaluated to ensure that it was sustainable:

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

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