ERIC Number: ED374750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-26
Reference Count: N/A
State University of New York Personnel Practices under Flexibility. Report-94-S-29.
Houston, Frank J.; And Others
This audit evaluated State University of New York (SUNY) personnel practices under 1985 and 1987 state legislation which granted SUNY greater flexibility to set salaries in order to recruit and retain top faculty and administrative talent. The study concluded that SUNY has used flexibility prudently and that flexibility has not had a significant impact on overall salaries. In addition, comparisons with peer university systems nationwide found that SUNY's faculty and administrator salaries are in line with other states. However, the audit found that SUNY has not developed any formal criteria or gathered evidence to assess the impact of flexibility on personnel practices. A review of a sample of SUNY staff paid more than institutional maximums found these were adequately documented and properly authorized and were generally used to attract or retain top faculty or administrators. Salary ranges for employees were established based on existing SUNY salary structure at the time flexibility legislation was enacted and on the salaries paid by SUNY's peer institutions. Findings indicated that SUNY officials should establish specific criteria and obtain data to measure the benefits and costs of flexibility. Appendixes contain faculty and administrator salary comparison charts and comments of SUNY officials. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.