Campus Communications

Throughout the implementation process of the Market-Based Compensation Program, updates will be published in WSU Today. The following is the text of each publication, with the initial publication date. Many of these publications have run or will run on multiple days.

Market-Based Compensation Transition Update – Individual Market-Based Compensation Statements published on myWSU

Published July 28, 2021

The cornerstone of the workforce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan is the implementation of a compensation program that is transparent, market-based and administered in a consistent manner.  As part of the implementation, Human Resources has completed an external market review of all jobs at the University and has created an individualized Market-Based Compensation (MBC) Statement for each employee which will be published on July 28 and available through September 30, 2021.  To access a Statement:

  • Log into myWSU
  • Select the Faculty/Staff tab
  • Scroll down the page to the “Human Resources Links” Channel box
  • Select “Market Based Compensation Statement”

Due to differences in how the market data is presented, two versions of the Statements have been created, one for teaching positions and one for non-teaching positions. Short Market-Based Compensation Video Tutorials have been developed which assists with interpreting the information on the MBC Statement.

NOTE:  Employees in the following status or division of the University will not receive a compensation statement:  temporary position, lecturer or visiting professor, student employee, coaches and employees in the division of Industry Defense Programs. 

Important things to know about the statement: 

  • For non-teaching positions, the Job Code and Job Title come from the Job Description the employee’s position has been mapped to in the Job Catalog (Job Description Manager).
  • For non-teaching positions, if a Working Title was requested prior to the 5/14 deadline and approved, it will be noted on the statement.  Otherwise, the Working Title field will contain the Job Title from the Job Description.  Requests received after 5/14 will be reviewed in August, 2021 and if approved, updated at that time.
  • There are a few non-teaching positions in which the Non-Exempt/Exempt classification review was not complete at the time the statements were produced.  If the employee’s statement indicates “Under Review” in the Non-exempt/Exempt classification section, it simply means the review is still in process.  You may have/may be contacted by the assigned HRBP for more information.  When the review is complete, the supervisor and the employee will be notified if there is a change and the next steps that will occur.
  • The base pay on the statement is the employee’s current base pay.  There are no changes to employee base pay as a result of the external market review and the assigned pay range.
  • All non-teaching jobs have been assigned a pay range based on independent, external market data and these statements will show the assigned pay range for each job.  Teaching positions will show the market percentiles for the 25th, 50thand 75th.   The statements are one element exhibiting the commitment by the University to develop a compensation program that is market-based, transparent and administered in a consistent manner.      
  • No employee will have their base pay reduced as a result of this transition and those below the minimum of the assigned pay range will be given priority to bring them to the minimum or close the gap to the minimum of the assigned range when funds are available for the purpose of base pay increases.
  • No employee in a position with a base pay above the assigned pay range will have their base pay reduced to bring it within the assigned pay range. 
  • No funding is allocated for base pay increases for FY2022.
  • It is important for employees to remember that the statement only shows the base pay component of their total compensation from the University.  An employee may view an individualized Total Compensation Statement by accessing myWSU and selecting “Total Compensation Statement” to see other valuable indirect compensation provided by the University.

In the coming months, Human Resources will conduct a full base pay analysis to include: 

  • Partnering with University leaders to gather input on each current employee’s experience and skills.  This, paired with the external market information will be used to prioritize future pay increases when funding is available for that purpose.
  • Developing a multi-year strategy to prioritize future base pay increases to address any gaps identified in the analysis, as funding becomes available for this purpose.
  • Establishing the annual pay cycle which starts at the beginning of each calendar year and includes updating market data, conducting base pay analysis in advance of the budget cycle and making base pay increases effective at the start of each Fiscal Year, if funding is allocated for that purpose.

Utilizing the Compensation Administration Guidelines by leaders throughout the year will aid in creating consistency in the administration of base pay decisions.   These Guidelines are published on

If you have any additional questions after reviewing the Statements and tutorial video, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your supervisor or the HR Business Partner assigned to your area.  You can also find helpful material related to the Market Based-Compensation Program located on the Human Resources website at

Thank you for your assistance in supporting this University strategic initiative and a cornerstone of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workforce plan.

New PAR Form streamlines requests for employee changes effective July 19  

Published July 19, 2021

The systems conversions to support Market Based Compensation is occurring on July 19th and the procedure and form to request, review, approve and process the following employment actions for all benefit eligible faculty and staff positions is changing:

  • Search (new/replacement)
  • Non Search (search waiver/emergency hire)
  • Workforce Transitions (Promotions/Demotions/Transfers)
  • Off-Cycle Pay Change Requests (pay changes that occur outside the annual cycle which is the beginning of a fiscal year) 

The Position Action Request (PAR) form is a multi-purpose form that consolidates and replaces the following: 

  • Position Exception form
  • Search Exception form
  • HR200/HR220 form for all employment actions listed above

To further streamline the process and minimize forms, this process will be used by both grant and non-grant funded organizations/positions. 

Note:  Student hires, lecturers, non-benefit eligible temps and all positions in the Division of Industry and Defense Programs are exempt from this process.   

For more information and resources, go to  For questions, please email

A Message from President Rick Muma

Published July 14, 2021

As most of you know, for the past two years, Wichita State has been in the process of implementing a comprehensive, transparent compensation plan, utilizing independent third-party market survey data (market based). This is a cornerstone of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan for our workforce and what I believe to be imperative for us to achieve our goal of being a diverse, inclusive and equitable employer.

Implementing a comprehensive plan like this is a lengthy process, and I am pleased to announce that we are on track to implement the program in July. In fact, systems implementations are occurring now through July 19.

A lot of work has gone into the planning and implementation of this, and many have asked why we would implement a plan when there are no centralized financial resources to make immediate pay increases. But we know that a plan is essential to the process of prioritizing financial resources and making informed decisions.

Our goal is to be as transparent and communicative as possible. Human Resources has created a robust website, where you can view campus briefing documents and video, communication about the program, frequently asked questions, a timeline of implementation and more on market-based compensation. I encourage you to look it over and keep an eye out for frequent updates in WSU Today.

As you can see in the implementation timeline, employees will be receiving appointment notices and market-based compensation statements toward the end of July. Details of where to find this information will be announced soon in WSU Today.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we work toward a compensation plan that is fair and equitable.


President Rick Muma

University applicant tracking system unavailable July 12-18

Published July 9, 2021

The University Applicant Tracking System (PeopleAdmin) will be unavailable July 12-18 to help implement the new Market-Based Compensation Program. No requisition or candidate information will be accessible during this time.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Talent team at

Status updates on the university’s transition to market-based compensation

Published May 24, 2021

Requests for working title submissions

Requests for 146 working titles were submitted by the May 14th deadline and have been reviewed.  Of the 146 requests, 125 were supported by HR, a few with minor edits for titling consistency or to provide more clarity.  The remaining 21 requests will be sent to the divisional officer for review as they fell outside the Guidelines established for a working title.  Any requests for a working title submitted after the deadline will be processed when the systems transitions are complete (Aug. 2021).

Status of updates to Job Descriptions in the new Job Catalog 

Spreadsheets were sent to each supervisor on April 27 and 28 with a list of all those they supervise.  The spreadsheet contained the Job Description each employee’s job is mapped to in the new Job Catalog.  Supervisors were asked to share this information with each employee individually and encouraged to do so within two weeks.  This information will be utilized for the individual Market-Based Compensation Statements and will be sent to supervisors the third week of June.  As of May 28 we will pause on making updates to the Job Catalog until system transitions are complete (Aug 2021).

Trending frequently asked questions about the University's transition to market-based compensation

Published May 10, 2021

Here are a couple of questions raised during the faculty and staff Town Hall on May 13 hosted by President Rick Muma and Interim Provost Shirley Lefever.  Please visit the Human Resources website at to view additional material related to the Market Based-Compensation Program.

When will the University transition to market-based compensation be complete?

The University will complete the transition to market-based compensation in July, 2021.  The completion will align the University with the annual pay cycle and in fall 2021 HR will conduct a full base pay analysis to include:

  • Partnering with University leaders to gather feedback on each current employee’s experience, education and skills and determine appropriate placement within the assigned pay range (pay range assignments not applicable to teaching positions). When complete for each employee, this will allow us to review internal base pay equity.  
  • Assessing how competitive our base pay is in relation to the external market.  
  • Developing a multi-year strategy to prioritize future base pay increases to begin to close any gaps identified in the analysis, as funding becomes available for this purpose.
  • Establishing the annual pay cycle which starts at the beginning of each calendar year and includes updating market data, conducting a base pay analysis in advance of the budget cycle and making base pay increases effective at the start of each Fiscal Year, if funding is allocated for that purpose. No funding is allocated for pay increases for FY2022.    
  • Utilizing the Compensation Administration Guidelines by leaders throughout the year to aid in creating consistency in the administration of base pay decisions.

Will there be base pay increases in FY22?

Unfortunately, there were no financial resources allocated for base pay increases in FY22. 

Will departments who have financial resources be allowed to fund base pay increases?

The University will align to the annual pay cycle, use the results of base pay analysis to determine future base pay increases and move forward in a unified approach.  Base pay increases at the department level and not in accordance with the methodology established by the University will not be allowed.

Status update: Market-based compensation info for hiring activity June 1-July 16

Published May 10, 2021

PeopleAdmin, our applicant tracking and position management system, will be undergoing configuration changes and testing to support our transition to market-based compensation July 12-16. During this time there will be adjustments to the normal hiring activity, and Human Resources and those on Search Teams will not have access to the system and will be unable to:

  • View and disposition candidates
  • Approve and post new jobs
  • Initiate and approve hiring proposals

Candidates will still be able to apply to requisitions that were posted in advance of July 12, and candidates that have accepted offers will be able to continue and complete their onboarding.

In preparation for this system reconfiguration and to eliminate or mitigate any delay in the hiring process, please contact your talent consultant if you have a vacancy to fill after June 1. The consultant will assist you by identifying an appropriate job description in the job catalog.  They will then make sure you are apprised of any applicable dates that might impact your search and ensure you know everything required to have a complete submission.

If you need to know the talent consultant assigned to assist you, please email

Our goal is to minimize any delay the system reconfiguration and the transition to Market-Based Compensation could cause to all our end users, specifically our search teams and candidates. Below are some dates to follow to ensure no delays occur in the hiring process:

Posting a Position

  • June 18 – Last day to submit a completed Position Exception Review Form. This will allow the time necessary for the approval process.
  • Approvals must be complete before July 6 in order to be posted by July 12.

Search Waiver and Emergency hire

  • June 25 – Last day to submit completed Search Exception Request Form. This will allow the time necessary for the approval process.

Hiring Proposals

  • July 9 – Last day for all Hiring Proposals to be approved on offers that have been accepted. This will allow the time necessary to complete the hiring process prior to July 12.

Adhering to the above dates and ensuring submissions are complete will give the talent team the best ability to meet your needs.  Requests for hiring activity submitted after the above dates will resume activity when system functionality is restored July 17.

Trending FAQs about market-based compensation

Published May 5, 2021

Here are a few of the questions trending since the campus-wide update on the University’s transition to market-based compensation. If you have questions or just want to learn more about the transition, visit the Human Resources website. The website has all University presentations, FAQ’s and tools for the program.

Why does my job description no longer contain all the duties that I perform? 

Job descriptions should reflect the essential job functions and minimum requirements for the job but should not detail every task and how the task is completed.  An optional Position Responsibilities template has been developed for use by the leader and employee.  It can capture more detailed information about where or how duties are performed.

If my job description is changing, will my tasks and duties change? 

The transition to uniform and consistent job descriptions will not change the tasks and duties that you currently perform.  An optional Position Responsibilities template has been developed for use by the leader and employee and is available on the HR Forms Index. It can capture more detailed information about where or how duties are performed. You are encouraged to discuss any questions about this with your direct supervisor.

Will we be able to keep our current title or have to change our title? 

Today there is a wide variation of titles used at the University. Through the establishment of the job architecture, the University has adopted a uniform and consistent construct of titles and for this reason, many titles will change. Today, the University uses position and directory titles, going forward, the job description title will be utilized. A process has been developed to allow the limited, approved use of working titles if the job description title does not provide sufficient clarity about the position, either internal or external to the University.

What will happen if I don’t meet the minimum requirements for the job that my current job was mapped to in the job catalog?

In most situations, current employees will be grandfathered and will not be required to meet the minimum requirements. Current employees will be required to meet any minimum requirements based on a regulatory or compliance requirement. If a current employee has a position change in the future, the employee must meet the minimum requirements of the new job.

I have heard that some titles and/or jobs that exist today are not in the job catalog, is this true? 

There are some job levels that exist today that will not exist in the job catalog as they are simply not needed for the administration of market-based compensation.  The more levels that exist, the harder it is to make a distinction in what the jobs do, and they can’t be matched to the market data.  In some situations, these may be deemed appropriate for working titles.

If we won’t have funding for base pay increases, why do all this work?

Creating a compensation program with the elements we have included allows the administration of a compensation program in a consistent manner.  The market review study will allow us to prioritize base pay changes. We can be more strategic by creating multi-year plans to prioritize limited resources in order to administer our compensation program in a consistent manner.

Why is the University moving to an “annual cycle” for base pay increases? 

Moving to an annual cycle will create consistency as well as allow us to be much more strategic with the use of limited funds available for base pay changes.  It will ensure that we are applying a consistent methodology, so we are effectuating changes in those situations where it is most needed.  Doing it on an annual basis allows us to analyze and provide information to our budget colleagues well in advance of when base pay changes occur which is typically at the start of the new fiscal year.

After the transition to the annual cycle, will there be any situations for base pay increases at other times of the year? 

We recognize there will be situations that require an employee’s base pay to be reviewed other than on the annual cycle.  These are referred to as “off-cycle.” These are exceptions that must be approved and occur infrequently.

Who to Contact

MBC Transition Team 
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Updated: 11/02/2023 NH