SALARY EQUITY STUDY REPORT
Council on the Status of Women
May 17, 2001
The Council once again identified the Faculty Salary Equity Study as an issue
for discussion during the fall semester. Sheri Plenert, from the Office of Equal
Opportunity, was invited to present information on this issue at the September
Council meeting. Her presentation included some background information and an
update on the progress of the Salary Equity Study that would be completed in
Spring 2001. Specifically, she reported that
The Council continues to be concerned about the use of information from the
model and the lack of a feedback loop to the Provost's office on flagged individuals.
The issue of whether flagged individuals should be notified of this fact remains
open because we do not know how the data is used currently by the Provost, Deans
or Department Heads.
At this stage, the Salary Equity Study has not been presented to the university
community. The Council has not been provided with updates so we do not know
where the Study stands. We have several recommendations that we hope will make
the Faculty Equity Study more useful.
Recommendation 1: Communication on the progress of the Faculty Salary
Equity Study should be routinized. The person responsible for the Study should
contact the Chair of the Council on the Status of Women with the tentative schedule
of the Study and then arrange a time to report to the Council at a regularly
Recommendation 2: The Faculty Salary Equity Study should be completed
as early in the academic year as possible so that faculty are generally on campus
when the Study is released.
Recommendation 3: The Faculty Salary Equity Study should be posted to
the North Carolina State University website.
Recommendation 4: Administrators should respond to the Faculty Salary
Equity Study with a specific action plan that is made available to the faculty
generally on the North Carolina State University website. This plan should include
a feedback process from Department Heads and Deans to the Provost on how they
will address any flagged inequities.
Recommendation 5: An EPA Professional Salary Equity Study should be
developed to identify and address potential salary inequities among EPA Professional
The Council endorses the efforts being made by the Provost's Office to analyze the Faculty Salary Equity Study. The Council plans to be involved in future discussions related to this issue. We look forward to written responses to our recommendations at the beginning of the 2001-2 academic year.