Inside Iowa State
Sept. 12, 1997
Classification system to be studied
by Anne Dolan
The five-year-old job classification system for professional and scientific employees at ISU will be scrutinized. Carla Espinoza, director of Human Resource Services, announced to the P&S Council Sept. 4 plans for a 10- to 12-month study of the classification system. The study is expected to result in recommendations on procedures, policies and education on using the system more consistently and effectively.
"Based on what I've heard about the system in the last year, it seems a good structure is in place," Espinoza said, "but there's a lack of policies and procedures for how to operate within it."
Espinoza said P&S classification manager Dorothy Sally will lead the project, which will involve focus groups, a steering committee that uses the focus group data to develop recommendations, and a policy/advisory committee of mostly business affairs administrators, who will make final recommendations to President Martin Jischke.
Espinoza said reclassification requests will be processed during the study. A staff person has been added for this purpose.
In other council business,
The next meeting of the council begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Memorial Union Gold Room. At a noon open forum, Gary Wiggins and Jan Flick of the benefits office will give a TIAA/CREF update, focusing on the newer CREF accounts.
- It was announced that P&S Council President Rob Bowers has challenged Faculty Senate President Bill Woodman to a contest in ISU's United Way campaign this fall. The winner will be determined by the highest ratio of pledge envelopes returned between the P&S and faculty ranks. "P"s and "F"s on envelope labels will allow United Way volunteers to keep a count.
- Espinoza also announced that service bids for ISU's Employee Assistance Program are due Oct. 1. She said the service, as it has been for the last year, will be an off- campus, contracted service.
- Associate Provost Ed Lewis announced that faculty and staff award recipients next spring will be honored at an event tied to a Founder's Day weekend celebration in late March. Traditionally, the awards are presented at the spring convocation in early May. The plan doesn't change the application/nomination deadline (Dec. 5 this year).
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