27 November 2017

To: Oregon State University faculty

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
          and Mike Green, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Dear OSU faculty colleagues,

Oregon State University is deeply appreciative of the outstanding contributions, dedication, and hard work of its employees, and it is committed to attracting and retaining high quality and productive faculty and staff. We strive to support our employees fairly and progressively while also balancing competing pressures, including challenges in state and federal support for higher education, the imperative to keep the cost of attendance manageable for students, and the need to invest in priorities that advance the university’s mission and financial viability.

With those concerns in mind, implementation of a university-wide salary increase program for faculty is underway. Within a given unit, merit raises for eligible faculty will be set by the unit head and the unit average for all raises will equal 3 percent.

Academic, research and professional faculty members who have performed at a fully satisfactory level or better and have received an evaluation within university guidelines are eligible for salary increase consideration if they were hired into their current position prior to 1 January 2017, and work half-time or more. Eligible faculty with fully satisfactory performance will receive a 1.8 percent salary increase in their base annual salary rate effective 1 January 2018 for 12-month faculty, and 1 February 2018 for 9-month faculty. An additional merit increase may be allocated to eligible employees based on performance, compression and equity considerations. The maximum total increase an employee may receive is 6 percent.

These raises occur within OSU’s continued commitment to a 10-year financial plan that:

  • Operates the university and manages expenses effectively;
  • Manages the cost of tuition carefully and with students’ interests in mind;
  • Invests in excellence in teaching, research and outreach and engagement;
  • Rewards the performance and diverse contributions of our faculty and staff;
  • Reduces operating costs where possible;
  • Seeks new revenue sources;
  • Works with government leaders to provide stable state and federal funding for higher education in Oregon; and
  • Collaborates with the OSU Foundation to increase philanthropy.

The attached memorandum providing detailed information regarding merit compensation increases has been provided to unit heads. Please note that the guidelines for the university-wide salary increase program vary from year to year, depending on the university’s current financial context and taking into consideration the priorities listed above.

Please direct any questions to Susan Capalbo, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, or Donna Chastain, Director and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer.

Sincerely yours,

Ed Feser                                                                     Mike Green
Provost and Executive Vice President                       Vice President for Finance and Administration