November Town Hall updates: Compensation increases, holiday leave, resilience and more

In the fourth virtual Town Hall of the fall 2021 semester, Chancellor Venkat Reddy and a panel of campus leaders presented updates on compensation increases for faculty and staff, searches for new leadership and holiday closures.

In addition, Benek Altayli, Director of Mental Health Services, presented to campus on mental health and wellbeing resources, as well as tips to positively impact morale on campus. The Town Hall then opened for a Q&A with campus experts.

Take a look at the key takeaways below.

Campus-wide updates

  • The CU-wide Campus Workplace and Culture Survey deadline has been extended to Nov. 30. All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to take 10 minutes to complete it. Learn more >>

  • In celebration of the winter holidays, campus will close except for essential services beginning Friday, Dec. 24. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Learn more >>

  • In collaboration with Indigenous students, faculty and staff, the campus has solidified plans to build the new annex to UCCS’ Engineering and Applied Science building while including the Tree of Peace into the architectural designs. The plans will go into effect beginning spring 2022. Learn more >>

  • Cabinet will review the recommendations presented by the Future of Work Task Force by Nov. 19. Some may go into effect as early as Jan. 2022. Learn more >>

COVID-19 update

  • The response to the campus vaccine attestation process has been very effective, and COVID-19 cases at UCCS remain 60 percent lower than in El Paso County. Learn more >>

  • UCCS plans to hold in-person classes through the remainder of the fall semester and plans for an in-person Commencement in December. Learn more >>

Leadership searches

  • Candidates for UCCS’ next Provost will visit campus from Nov. 11–19. All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the search process and provide candidate feedback. Learn more >>

  • The Board of Regents plan to name the search committee for the next University of Colorado President in their Nov. 18 meeting. The formal recruiting process will begin in mid-December. Learn more >>

Employment updates

  • Having passed with unanimous Board of Regent approval, a new compensation plan will apply three percent increases to faculty and university staff compensation, beginning Jan. 1, 2022. In addition, one-time one-percent payments will be reflected on Jan. 2022 paychecks. Learn more >>

  • To align performance reviews more closely with merit reviews, UCCS will shift the performance evaluation cycle for most faculty and staff. The current performance evaluation cycle will be extended and will conclude on June 30, 2022 for university staff and 12-month faculty. The cycles for classified staff and nine-month faculty will differ slightly. Learn more >>

  • The Office of Human Resources has introduced a new method of compensation analysis, which will be applied on an annual basis to ensure employment at UCCS remains competitive with market rates. Learn more >>

Chancellor Reddy also invited campus to visit the brand-new T. Rowe Price Career and Innovation Center, which celebrated its grand opening in October.

“We wanted to envision the career center of the future, and we have created a beautiful, functional space right at the heart of campus,” Reddy said. “I am thrilled about what it means for our students and alumni. I hope you will find time to visit the new Center, located on the ground floor of the University Center.”

Members of the UCCS community may submit additional questions and fill out a survey response to the event.