Degrees and Certifications

Staff Compensation Plan 6.D

The department head in consultation with HR will determine the applicability of education or certification that is in addition to the minimum qualifications of the position. Note: This consultation typically occurs prior to submission of the BearQuest project or through the approval steps of the BearQuest project, as preferred by the department head.

No adjustment will be made if the education or certification is deemed inapplicable. A staff member may receive only one increase for a degree per position. The increase is contingent upon the availability of budgeted University funds. If University funds are not available, departmental funds may be used.

Degrees

Maximum adjustment according to education required by the job description:

Education Obtained by Staff Member

High School Education Required

Associate Degree Required

Bachelor’s Degree Required

Master’s Degree Required

Doctoral Degree Required

High School Education

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Associate’s

5% or

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Bachelor’s

5%

5%

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Master’s

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5%

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Doctoral

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5%

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Professional Certifications

A professional certification that allows an increase of responsibility or authority brings added value to the position and that is obtained after prolonged study may qualify for an adjustment of 3%. A certification that simply recognizes the completion of a program (i.e., during a three day workshop) or certifies a level of job knowledge does not qualify for an adjustment.

Review Process for Adjustment in Salary for a Degree or Certifications:

  • Once a staff member receives a degree or certification, they must notify their supervisor; and

  • Provide a copy of the degree or certification to HR, for the staff member’s file

  • The department head or supervisor must submit a request into BearQuest for the staff member to receive the increase; and

  • Justification on how the degree is applicable to the staff member’s current position should be attached to BearQuest