Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.82
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.26 / 3.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of employees:
1,421

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
1,069

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
No

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
0

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
0

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

Recommendations for classified staff salaries are made by the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA), Division of Human Resources and approved by the Governor. The DPA publishes an Annual Compensation Survey Report that describes how the recommendations are made.


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

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
1,069

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
0

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

The university wishes to compensate officers and exempt professionals in a manner that is competitive in the marketplace and that rewards meritorious performance within fiscal limits.
Compensation and pay for State of Colorado classified employees is tied to job classification. It is a goal to help campus managers and supervisors achieve their business goals while maintaining quality standards of equitable pay for equitable work.

The MIT Living Wage calculator provides a value of $8.69 for an individual for El Paso County where the University is located. The state minimum wage is $8.00.


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

UCCS reviewed the hourly wages for staff titles on our campus and determined that 100% of the full time positions earn $10.75 per hour or more. Part time staff, besides lecturers, are predominantly retirees and earn more than $10.75.
Additionally, regular employees are eligible for group benefits plans, retirement benefits, performance awards, incentives, premium pay practices, and leave benefits which enable employees to meet their basic needs. Overtime/comp time is provided for those jobs determined to be eligible for such compensation under the FLSA.


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

UCCS has very few regular part-time employees, besides lecturers. Most of these are retirees that make more than the $10.75 wage listed above.


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

Not Applicable.


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

We chose not to include adjunct or lecturers in our employees with sustainable compensation. With the Affordable Care Act, the hours attributed to a 3 credit class are 9 hours. At $2481 per 3 credit class as the lowest, and a 16 week semester, the wage is approximately $17 per hour, which would technically qualify under the MIT definition of living wage. However, it is likely that more than 9 hours per week are spent on teaching a 3 credit class and there are no benefits.


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

Compensation for students is decided on a departmental level. The state minimum wage is $8.00 and this is the lowest wage that can be paid to students. There are 6 classifications for student workers based on increasing levels of responsibility. the Highest wage for students is $18.00 per hour.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
8 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?:
Yes

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:

The information for this submission was pulled from the UCCS Personnel Roster and Approved Budget for Fiscal Years 2013-2014. Human Resources and Institutional Research also provided supporting information.
We chose not to include adjunct or lecturers in our employees with sustainable compensation. With the Affordable Care Act, the hours attributed to a 3 credit class are 9 hours. At $2481 per 3 credit class as the lowest, and a 16 week semester, the wage is approximately $17 per hour. However, it is likely that more than 9 hours per week are spent on teaching a 3 credit class and there are no benefits.

Independent contractors and subcontractors working on campus are not employees of the University, and therefore are not included in the number reported for Total number of employees working on campus.

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