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Compensation Update: FY21-22 Merit Plan


On July 21, 2021, the University provided a 2021 compensation update, offering detailed information about the one-time bonus and 2021/22 General Increase/COLA.

This compensation update provides details for the merit-informed portion of the complete plan.

The Compensation Plan for faculty and unclassified staff was approved in the FY 2021-22 budget by the Board of Trustees during its July 2021 meeting. The plan includes a budgeted pool of 2.5 percent of the total faculty/unclassified employees’ salaries and increasable supplements.

The University’s FY21-22 Merit Plan represents a foundational component of the University’s compensation philosophy, Compensation Guidelines and FY21-22 Compensation Plan: Recognizing and rewarding individual performance (merit) based on measured results.

Plan Eligibility

To be eligible, employees must be faculty or unclassified staff, hired before June 2, 2021, in Full-time Equivalent (FTE) positions, Time-Limited Positions (TLP) or Temporary Grant Positions (TGP). This eligible group represents 2,215 unclassified staff and faculty statewide.


  • Information sessions were held the last week of August for the University’s Executive Leadership Team, deans, department chairs, business officers and both senate presidents.
    • When applicable, the group was apprised of the processes and how to use the document tools being employed.
  • Colleges and divisions were instructed to enter merit-informed increases using document tools starting Aug. 30.
  • The deadline for budget centers to submit merit-informed increases to the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is Sept. 20.
  • OHR processes merit-informed increases retroactively effective back to July 1, 2021, for 12-month employees and August 15, 2021, for 9-month employees.
  • Once OHR notifies the business officer of the final list, supervisors may inform employees they will receive a merit-informed increase. The target date to notify employees is Oct. 22.
  • Employees receiving a merit-informed increase will also receive a notification from the Office of Human Resources by October 22, 2021.
  • Employees receiving a merit-informed increase will see the increase reflected in their October 29, 2021, paycheck.
  • Employees receiving a merit-informed increase will also see the retroactive payments back to the appropriate effective date in their October 29, 2021, paycheck.


Compensation FAQs are available.

Please visit HR Services to contact your HR Service Representative or HR Generalist with any questions.