June 12, 2008
Regents approve ISU compensation plan
by Anne Krapfl and Diana Pounds
Iowa State will distribute $16.6 million in the next fiscal year for salary and benefits increases for faculty and staff. The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved ISU's compensation plan during a June 12 meeting in Ames.
For the second year, the plan includes salary funds targeted to departments and individuals in high-priority areas and those whose salaries are severely below market. For faculty, the pool is $2.9 million and for P&S staff, it's $600,000.
The compensation plan doesn't specify an average salary increase for faculty and P&S staff. Merit increases are determined by the collective bargaining agreement between the state of Iowa and AFSCME. Under the current contract, Merit employees will receive a 3.0 percent salary increase on July 1. On an employee's review date during FY09, each will receive a 4.5 percent increase up to the maximum of his or her pay grade. Those at the maximum pay grade levels will not receive a second increase.
Community college transfer credits made easy on new Web site
Regents heard a report on the articulation Web site that will allow students enrolling in a community college courses to find out which credits are transferable to the state universities and how they would be applied. The site, called TransferInIowa.org, has been completed and will go live on July 1. The site was constructed and is being supported on an Iowa State University server.
The board approved Iowa State requests to:
The board approved requests to:
Board President David Miles said in the coming months, the regents will:
Universities will review sexual assault policies
The regents recommended that University of Iowa officials consolidate sexual assault investigations in one office and take a number of other steps to improve handling of those investigations. In addition, the regents asked Iowa State and University of Northern Iowa leaders to review their procedures and policies in light of the recommendations. The universities will report on those reviews in September.
The recommendations were a result of a regents request to its board office to review whether University of Iowa officials followed proper procedures in investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred at Iowa in October 2007. The board office concluded that Iowa followed established policies and practices, but that those policies needed to be tweaked and strengthened.
Compensation plan, new academic programs and name changes for degree programs were among the items approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, during its June 12 meeting.