Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

The Title and Total Compensation Study is a joint effort between University of Wisconsin System (UWS) and UW-Madison. The objectives of the study include:

  • Develop clearer and more competitive job title and compensation structures
  • Ensure job titles accurately reflect duties and responsibilities
  • Provide sustainable methods to maintain market-informed title and compensation structures
  • Build in career progression where it makes sense
  • Include job titles and compensation structures for academic, university, and limited staff
  • Review compensation for graduate students
  • Enhance recruitment and retention

The study will provide a revised job title structure and a market-informed salary structure. The results will allow the UWS and UW-Madison to attract and retain top talent.

The Executive Sponsors are Raymond Cross, President of the UW System; Rebecca Blank, Chancellor of UW-Madison; Robert Cramer, Vice President for Administration at UWS; and Laurent Heller, Vice President of Administration and Finance at UW-Madison.

The role of the Advisory Council members is to represent the views of their respective constituents, support the project by endorsing the business case, provide advice to the project team; consult with and provide feedback on the request for proposal (RFP); advocate for staff resources at their respective institutions, and advise and support the study project team.

The Advisory Council was created by the executive sponsors to provide the opportunity for system stakeholders, including governance groups, to participate in the study as an advisory group representing the voice of their constituents.

The key decision makers are the Executive Sponsors and the Board of Regents.

The estimated timeline for the Study is 18-24 months from the time we sign the contract with an outside consultant to assist with the study. This is only an estimate. A key component of initiating the study will be to produce a plan with milestones.

The planning team will draft the RFP, under the guidance of UW system procurement staff. The Advisory Council and other stakeholders will provide feedback. The finalized RFP will be distributed and facilitated under the direction of the Procurement office.

No salary increases have been planned or authorized at this time. However, institutions may develop strategies and priorities to address compensation issues where necessary and prudent as permitted by state statutes.

On February 17, 2017, Mercer consulting was selected as the vendor and consulting partner for the Title and Total Compensation Study. Mercer is a global leader in consulting on high quality workforce solutions that strengthen the organization’s ability to attract, develop, retain and engage the best and brightest talent. Their vast experience with higher educational institutions and systems combined with their expertise in titling and compensation strategies in academic and research environments is critical as we move forward. For more information on Mercer, go to their homepage.