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K-State Today Special Issue

June 16, 2017

Update on FY18 salary adjustments

Submitted by President Richard Myers and Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason

President Richard Myers and Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason

Now that the Kansas Board of Regents has approved Kansas State University's tuition and fees for fiscal year 2018, we wanted to provide a quick update on some of the key implications to the FY18 university budget.

While it is never an easy decision to increase tuition, the additional revenue will allow the university to focus on faculty and staff salaries and increased costs. Our tuition and fees requests are great examples of shared governance, including our students, faculty and staff working together to define priorities within our constrained budget environment.

We're pleased to share the university is moving forward with a 1 percent cost of living adjustment for unclassified faculty and staff and university support staff, effective with the beginning of the FY18 contract period.

We took another positive step earlier this year in formalizing how we manage and compensate our workforce through Total Rewards. Included in the budget is funding for those general use funded positions identified to be below the 25th percentile, as well as funding for faculty promotions, professorial performance awards and targeted faculty salary enhancements. We appreciate the Regents for supporting our requests for increased tuition and the Legislature for putting more emphasis on higher education this year.

You also may have heard that the Legislature forwarded a budget to the governor earlier this week. In the budget, there were pay provisions for specific state employees. Details are not finalized and the budget has not yet become law.

The State Department of Administration, Division of Budget and the Kansas Board of Regents are reviewing the legislation to determine the potential impact for universities. 

The outcome of the legislation will not be determined prior to the first pay period of the new fiscal year, which begins this Sunday, June 18. Therefore, any applicable salary adjustments will be made at a later date, based upon direction from the State of Kansas and Kansas Board of Regents.

Once we have those details, we will share just as quickly as possible. Thanks for all you do for K-State.

Richard Myers         April Mason
President                Provost and Senior Vice President

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