Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.09
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 5, 2011
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Raritan Valley Community College
PAE-11: Sustainable Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.71 / 8.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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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:

In November 2010, the Human Resources department initiated a compensation study. Salaries were compared by title to those offered at the other community colleges in New Jersey. As a result, a number of classified jobs were upgraded. Increases are being phased in over three years. In general, Raritan Valley Community College tends to offer higher pay than other New Jersey community colleges, in part due to its diversity goals. RVCC continually reevaluates or reclassifies positions to ensure equity and promote employee satisfaction and productivity.

For contractors, Raritan Valley maintains the following policies:
- security - wages are stated in the contract, and they are above minimum wage
- housekeeping - wages are required to be minimum wage or above
- construction - prevailing wage is required
- food service - no policy, contractor is responsible
- book store - no policy, contractor is responsible

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:

For contracted services, estimates of employee counts are 10 for food service, 10 for book store, 27 for security, and 24 for housekeeping. No construction contractors are included in these counts. There are 287 full-time employees and 628 part-time employees, including adjuncts.

For employees, only one third of the latest round of adjustments have taken effect so far, with the other two thirds taking effect over the next two years. Therefore, I am estimating that only one third of the employees are known to receive sustainable compensation, but that may be an underestimate. I will update the numbers if I receive more accurate ones.

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