Addressing Pay Compression Amid Minimum Wage Hikes: An HR Guide
Jan 12, 2022
How the Higher Education Market Is Changing from Static to Dynamic

Changing markets drive businesses to improve their product and service offerings, with customer satisfaction being the ultimate goal. However, for decades now, higher education has remained static, typically serving a fixed product to an unchanging market. No thorough review has been conducted to assess the state of higher education, the curriculum and programs offered, and […]

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How to Prepare for Rising Minimum Wages & Pay Compression
Dec 22, 2021
How to Prepare for Rising Minimum Wages & Pay Compression

Organizations across all industries will have to raise wages for their lowest-paid workers sooner or later. Competition in the labor market and local, state, or federal mandates will make this pay adjustment necessary, and many employers are already working out strategies to comply ahead of time. However, raising the minimum wage introduces another headache—pay compression. […]

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How to Prepare for Rising Minimum Wages & Pay Compression
Dec 08, 2021
Evaluating the Impact of Faculty Compensation Systems on the Quality of Higher Education

A 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report revealed that increased compensation helps improve employee productivity. This is true even for higher education faculty. Unfortunately, institutions of higher learning have little to no control over the availability of funds to compensate their faculties appropriately. Other than the higher education stakeholders who determine the availability of […]

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Nonprofit Compensation Between 2015 and 2019: How Things Have Changed
Nov 10, 2021
Nonprofit Compensation Between 2015 and 2019: How Things Have Changed

According to a 2021 report by Candid (based on tax filings for over 100,000 nonprofits in 2019), salaries for chief executive officers (CEOs) and executive directors (EDs) in the charitable sector increased steadily between 2015 and 2019. When it comes to nonprofits, executive compensation isn’t just about attracting top talent; it’s also a compliance issue. […]

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Higher Education Pay Guidance under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Oct 20, 2021
Higher Education Pay Guidance under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Over the years, higher education organizations have had to restructure their compensation schemes multiple times to comply with changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) enforces this law, which determines federal minimum wage and overtime pay thresholds. Also, the FLSA classifies employees as either exempt or non-exempt from […]

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2020-21 Faculty Compensation Survey Results
Oct 06, 2021
AAUP | 2020-21 Faculty Compensation Survey Results: An Overview

In the U.S., the COVID-19 recession has hit institutions of higher education particularly hard. For instance, the pandemic has caused the average salaries for full-time faculty members to decrease for the first time since the 2008 Great Recession. Besides salary cuts, many colleges across the country have cut programs and furloughed some of their employees […]

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Practical Tips for Updating Job Descriptions
Sep 23, 2021
Practical Tips for Updating Job Descriptions

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses across the U.S., both large and small, laid off or furloughed workers, leading to a dramatic spike in unemployment across the country. For instance, in March 2020 alone, non-farm payrolls fell by 701,000. While some employers laid employees off for safety concerns, others did so due […]

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How Faculty Compensation Can Impact Success in Higher Education
Sep 09, 2021
How Faculty Compensation Can Impact Success in Higher Education

Various stakeholders, including students, parents, the public, and the government, persistently demand higher education quality and accountability. To meet these expectations, most universities and colleges use management tools such as mission statements and strategic planning. However, faculty compensation can also help these institutions achieve their mission and satisfy their high expectations. Here’s a look at […]

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Why Colleges and Universities Are Increasing Their Minimum Wages
Aug 18, 2021
Why Colleges and Universities Are Increasing Their Minimum Wages

For years, the average minimum wage in the U.S. has been $7.25 per hour. Although some institutions pay slightly higher, only a few of them have surpassed the $15-per-hour mark. Even worse, the COVID-19 recession not only resulted in massive job losses in the U.S. but also a cut in wages for those lucky enough […]

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Compensation Can Impact the Quality of Higher Education
Aug 11, 2021
How Faculty Compensation Can Impact the Quality of Higher Education

A recent National Education Association (NEA) report revealed that faculty compensation in higher education has increased over the past 10 years. While the salary for a full-time professor averaged $90,000 in 2020, there are still significant discrepancies in pay across faculty ranks, with unfair or inadequate compensation impacting the quality of higher education. Here’s a […]

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