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CU-Boulder Administrator Salaries Sources and Calculation Methods

CU-Boulder vs AAU Administrator Salaries

Background: Each year, CU-Boulder reports administrator salary information to

  • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA) through its Administrative Compensation survey. We report average salary and head count by position, gender, minority status, years of service in that position and whether the person was an internal or external hire.
  • The AAUDE (AAU data exchange, where AAU is Association of American Universities). We supply the same data but in an Excel worksheet format.

For CU-Boulder, the base data come from PeopleSoft via the Central Information Warehouse. They are compiled according to CUPA reporting rules.

  • Our guideline for determining whether to submit data for a position is the CU-Boulder position description must exactly mirror CUPA's position description.
  • Reporting structure is determined by campus organizational charts and discussion with individuals in human resources.
  • Salaries are annual budgeted amounts as of October 1.
  • Only individuals with continuing general fund budget line appointments are included. Outsourced and temporary appointments are excluded.
  • All appointments are based on 12-month and 100 percent equivalency.
  • When we have multiple individuals for one CUPA position, we average salary and years of service over all individuals.
  • While we do numerous data checks for accuracy and consistency, we are limited to data entered into PeopleSoft. We are reasonability confident in salary figures, but less confident in years of service, ethnicity, and percent time figures.

Other institutions are governed by the same CUPA reporting rules. However, we fully expect that there are differences across institutions, and over time, in

  • Inclusion of positions
  • Mapping an individual's position description to a CUPA position
  • Inclusion of individuals on interim appointments
  • Vacant positions
  • Compensation differences due to institutional structure

Decisions made at every step of analysis can affect the results. In CU-Boulder analyses of administrator salary data we

  • Determine the list of comparison institutions by eliminating
    • all private and all Canadian institutions
    • positions reporting no head count or a vacant position
  • Calculate AAU averages for each position by averaging the salaries, giving each institution with any FTE equal weight regardless of the number of individuals in the position. Calculate the standard deviation at the same time.
  • Calculate dollar difference from AAU average salary.

Caveats

  • We cannot release by-position salary information on individual institutions without their permission, although the file we receive from AAUDE does have institutions identified.
  • 2004-05
    • Two institutions submitted data for both campus and system administration. We deleted these observations containing data for system administration positions but retained all observations for the campus.
  • 2003-04
    • One institution submitted data for both campus and system administration. We deleted twenty two observations containing data for system administration positions but retained all observations for the campus. We also deleted all observation for the University of Toronto.
    • In 2003-04 CUPA collected data for six new positions. While CUPA did not assign position numbers for these position, the AAUDE care taker assigned position numbers for these positions starting with 998.##. To obtain position description information please reference by position name and not position number.
    • Eleven observations were not vacant, did not contain a head count figure but did contain salary, gender, years of service and reporting structure data. For these eleven observations we set the head count equal to one.
  • 2002-03
    • Eight observations were not vacant, did not contain a head count figure but did contain salary, gender, years of service and reporting structure data. For these eight observations we set the head count equal to one.

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