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University to host informational sessions on faculty, staff compensation study

University to host informational sessions on faculty, staff compensation study - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Texas A&M University-San Antonio will present preliminary results and recommendations about a compensation study through hybrid sessions Nov. 16, Nov. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 9. File photo by Amber Esparza

Texas A&M University-San Antonio will present preliminary results and recommendations about a compensation study through hybrid — in-person and online — sessions.

Faculty can choose between four sessions to attend. More information is available through the Microsoft Teams link sent via Outlook.

Nov. 17:

  • 9-10 a.m.
  • 3-4 p.m.

Nov. 21:

  • 9-10 a.m.
  • 2-3 p.m.

Similarly, staff have six information sessions to choose from. Two of them already happened on Nov. 14. Meetings are scheduled by division. Staff members will receive calendar invitations through their Outlook email.

Nov. 16:

  • 9-10 a.m.
  • 2-3 p.m.

Dec. 9:

  • 9-10 a.m.
  • 2-3 p.m.

The staff sessions will be in the Vista Room of the Central Academic Building. Faculty will meet in the Ceremony Room of Patriots’ Casa.

In an interview Nov. 11, President Cynthia Teniente-Matson said that the administration reevaluated pay to make it competitive and to address turnover among faculty and staff.

“So that is an area that we’re studying with our employee compensation survey,” Matson said.

A third party company, Evergreen Consulting, conducted the study.

This fall, the university will increase the living wage for 67 staff members to $17.50 per hour.

Matson said the administration looked at the living wage of employees of the City of San Antonio, which was raised in late summer, and matched it for staff at this university who were earning less. The change was made to address the changing cost of living because of inflation.

“They’re a public entity, we’re a public entity; that seemed reasonable,” Matson said.

The change in salary is effective Dec. 1. That same date, those 67 staff will receive a lump sum payment compensating for September, October and November.

The compensation study is broader, encompassing faculty and staff, Matson said.

“We are analyzing the data now with our consulting group,” she said.

Matson said any changes to employee pay will not affect tuition rate.

“Currently, we have a tuition freeze,” Matson said. “So we have not raised tuition for the last 18 months, and the early indicators are that we won’t be raising tuition in (fiscal year) ‘23.”

Matson said that if more students enroll, it may be necessary to raise tuition costs to “support some of these initiatives, but it’s not our intent to raise tuition fees so that we can pay employees more.

“That’s not the intent.”

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Sergio Medina is a journalism senior and editor in chief for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He transferred from San Antonio College in December 2021, where he was editor for The Ranger student publication for four years. Sergio’s interest in journalism comes from a love in storytelling consisting of movies, video games, TV series, books and comic books. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Sergio aims to join the journalism ranks servicing the San Antonio community.

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