Posts Tagged ‘Compensation Study’

Update – August 10, 2012

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Employees —

On Monday evening, the Board of Trustees approved the budget for 2012-2013 which includes a $2 million salary pool for merit pay increases.

These merit pay adjustments are effective September 1, 2012 and will be included in your September 28th paycheck.  Read the rest of this entry »

Update – July 31, 2012

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Good Morning San Jacinto College Community –

We are rounding out July and summer classes and aggressively preparing for fall. As I mentioned earlier in the month, there is nothing moving slowly for us. Rather, we are moving at high speeds to process, package, orient, test, enroll, and register 5,500 first-time-in-college (FTIC) students and another 25,000 in returning student for the fall semester. Along with these activities, we are

  • finalizing the annual priorities and budget for 2012-2013,
  • closing out the evaluation process,
  • hiring new faculty and staff to support our student success initiatives, 
  • conducting a variety of trainings including department chair and Success at San Jac, and
  • closing out the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

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Update – May 11, 2012

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community –

We are wrapping up the spring semester and that always comes with excitement, stress, happiness, and anxiety. Take a minute to close your eyes and breathe!

As we complete the semester, I wanted to provide you with a few updates. I am trying a new approach with bullets rather than a narrative. I know we are all short of time so I am hoping this approach will help you focus on the big important “snippets.” Read the rest of this entry »

Update – December 15, 2011

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Hello San Jacinto College —

Whew! The fall semester is almost over… a few finals, grades, and graduation left to go, and then all those details that occur in every support area to make sure that we really have a “wrap” on the semester.  I hope your semester has gone well!  And I hope that some of the strategies we’ve been implementing for student success are working and having an impact on your students.

I know our faculty members are always looking for the most effective ways to connect, engage, and teach our diverse student population.  I thank you for being innovative and willing to take a chance on trying something different.  I have been traveling to the campuses, having “Faculty Conversations” over the past few weeks, and I have enjoyed hearing concerns, questions, and ideas from the faculty.  To those of you who have been able to come out and talk, thank you for fitting these sessions into your schedule.  I plan to continue with these causal conversations with all employee groups during the spring semester. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – October 31, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

The end of October is here, and yes, I am loving this weather!!  I hope you are also!!  I also hope that your Individual Performance Plan is near completion since all are due at the end of the day on November 1st.

First, on my agenda today is to cover a couple of follow-up items from this past week. Read the rest of this entry »

Faculty Load – Compensation Study

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It’s Friday and the last day of the Summer Schedule.  I hope everyone has big plans for this afternoon!

I have two items that I want to bring to your attention and I didn’t want them to get lost in the weekly update.

The first is regarding an adjustment on the faculty loads in visual arts and engineering design graphics.  A couple of years ago, the Faculty Load Task Force provided recommendations on areas that should be considered for revisions.  During this year (2009-2010), the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) addressed a recommendation regarding the cosmetology department, and we said that other recommendations regarding visual arts and engineering design graphics would be considered during the budget process for 2010-2011.  The Strategic Leadership Team did review the work of the task force and agreed that revisions should be considered for these other two areas.  For art and visual communication, the loads have been at 24 contact hours per week, and the recommendation from the task force was for 18. The SLT approved a choice ranging from 5 three-hour lecture courses for 15 contact hours up to 4 studio courses for 24 contact hours.  In addition, there are two more load options, with one at 18 contact hours and one at 21 contact hours.  For engineering design graphics, the faculty is teaching 24 contact hours per week, and the task force recommended 18 contact hours per week.  We approved faculty loads in this area to range from 18 to 22 contact hours per week.  Both of these areas have unique courses their offerings, and approving the ranges allows for flexible options in supporting our students and faculty. The plan is for the three vice presidents of instruction (Richard Bailey, Barbara Hanson, and Toni Pendergrass) to develop the roll-out plan for a Spring 2011 implementation.   The details of the approved recommendation are attached.

The second item is regarding a compensation study that will be conducted during 2010-2011.  Over the last 16 months, I have heard concerns regarding our compensation structure from all areas of the College.  As one of the actions for the next year, the College will conduct a comprehensive compensation study.  The objectives, areas of focus, and process are outlined in the attached document.  As you will notice under the process section, I intend to create an internal council with broad representation to be engaged in the process to understand scope, philosophies, and outcomes.  I picture this council working similarly to the Planning Council which had representation from the SLT, faculty, staff, and other administrative areas. They worked to ensure that there was transparency and effective communications around their charge.  During 2010-2011, we will gather the information and then figure out what next steps are required. I have been asked, “Why are you taking this on and is it a good time?” My response is that this is an issue of significant concern, and college leadership needs to clearly understand the issues and the related impact.  As an organization, we support a culture of evidence and that applies to this area also.  We need to gather the data and information, because we cannot figure out solutions until we fully understand the issues.  

Have a great week-end!



View the Load Recommendation Report

View the Compensation Study Objectives