Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.34 / 3.00 Andrew Lane
Employee Relations Manager
Human Resources
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
17.22 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):
89

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

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:
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Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):
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Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
100 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:

10% towards retirement; medical, dental, eye coverage; tuition annually worth $3,501; 10 paid holidays; 12-22 paid vacation days annually; 10-15 paid sick days annually; life, short-term, long-term disability insurance. UCCS pays no less than the livable wage for one adult in El Paso County or the State minimum wage, whichever is greater (evaluated July 1st each year). The lowest paid regular employee earns $13.37 per hour plus full benefits. The Living Wage for 2 adults, 2 children in El Paso County, CO is $17.22. With benefits, the lowest paid employee earns $40,602 or $19.52 per hour for hours worked (excluding vacation).


Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
No

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

# of Staff             % of total staff           Pay Rate Avg. Pay Rate
1,639........................89.5%...................>$17.22/hr.......$36.77/hr
167...........................9%....................$12/hr-$17.21/hr..$15.25/hr
26...........................1.5%...................<$12.00/hr........$7.24/hr

1,832.................................................................$34.39/hr [TOTAL]

Common Assumptions: 
- Assuming 47 weeks of work. Did not take out for sick leave.
-Data collected: January 1, 2020 – November 24, 2020
-Purged student and visiting lecturer’s compensation data as it pertains to this report
-Lecturer’s comp data changed to hourly based on a semester contract of:
[18 weeks * 9 hours a week] =(162 hours a semester), then
Total semester compensation/162 = Hourly wage
-Academic year contract [40 hours a week for 9 months] =

        Total semester compensation/ 1,440 (hours in 9 month contract) = Hourly wage
-Staff less than minimum wage is due to classes which are paid per student enrollment.


Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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