1. In the Spring, basic budget-making
parameters are established, working with the legislative
appropriation (e.g., "The U. of MN will have 5% increase
for salary enhancement"), guidelines and policies from
the Twin Cities (e.g., "All faculty will receive a
2% across the board base increase, and the remaining 3%
will go into a Merit pool"), and campus priorities,
including projected equity issues (e.g., "UMM will
seek to move all faculty ranks into the AAUP '1' category").
Prior to the legislative budget appropriation process in
odd numbered years, the University creates a salary/compensation
strategy for the biennium. All this information is summarized
for the administration by the Vice Chancellor for Finance,
then communicated to the Division Chairs by the VCAA.
2. Faculty and "P & A" salaries come from
the same pool.
3. The office of the VCAA prepares budget worksheets
for the DCs along with communicating basic guidelines:
these worksheets include last year's salary and appropriate
tools for entering and calculating next year's (e.g.,
in the example above, a column showing the automatic 2%
cost of living addition to the prior year's salary).
4. The Chancellor, in consultation with the Dean and
Division Chairs, will normally retain a fund which in
recent years has been 1/2 of 1% of the faculty and P&A
salary pool for equity and other discretionary adjustments.
5. Division Chairs prepare salary recommendations. Certain
raises are mandated: for the awarding of tenure and promotion
to Associate Professor: $1,500; for the promotion to Professor:
6. Each Division Chair, separately, meets with the Chancellor
and the VCAA to discuss his/her recommendations. The VC
for Finance attends these meetings.
7. The Dean plays the role of Division Chair for faculty
classified as "Interdisciplinary" and for academic
affairs P&A employees (e.g., library staff, academic
directors), and consults the Education Division Chair
for salary matters dealing with coach/teacher positions.
In the setting of coach/teacher's salaries, the opinion
of the VC SA is also consulted. The other vice Chancellors
and the Chancellor make salary recommendations for P&A
individuals reporting to them.
8. Final salary budget sheets are submitted by the Chancellor
to the VC for Finance, Dean and Division Chairs. This
should take place before final budget materials are required
for the Twin Cities, and, optimally, in time for faculty
to be notified of their salaries prior to the end of the
academic work year.