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Kansas State University

On-Site Audit Preparation Information

The on-site audit is an opportunity for the employee and the supervisor to highlight those portions of the position description they think are the most important. It also allows the analyst to view samples of work and get answers to questions developed in the preliminary analysis. Please have a copy of the position description available for reference during the audit.

The audit will be focused on the duties and characteristics of the position, not of the employee. In other words, classification decisions are based on the characteristics of the position and not on any characteristics of the employee such as diligence, longevity, loyalty, exceptional qualifications or performance, or status of any kind. The full analysis includes review of the position description, the position analysis questionaire, the organizational chart, comparison to the State of Kansas Classification Specifications for any and all related classifications, on-site audit information, and comparisons to similar positions on campus or other state agencies. These factors all contribute to the total analysis and are not considered independently. The classification decision must hold true for whoever holds the position.

Effective dates of any reclassifications will be the beginning of the next pay period following the final determination.

The analysis process is comprehensive and takes considerable time to finalize. Final determinations generally take from two weeks to two months. Factors contributing to the turn-around time include scheduling of the on-site audit, uniqueness of the position, other reclassifications currently in process, positions submitted on vacancies, and other priorities of the Compensation and Classification unit.

Common Misconceptions of the Audit Process