Context for Analysis (C)
4C2 Addressing Key Institutional and
One of the ways Western has addressed the work environment and job classification for staff is through the classification and compensation process. This process used an outside consultant to develop a compensation plan for which appropriate market surveys were evaluated. These surveys will be conducted every five years.
In this process, positions descriptions were written, and positions with similar responsibilities were grouped into bands and grades. These general position descriptions allow flexibility in defining the skills and qualifications required within classifications (Policy
Guide, Appendices B).
Western employees work primarily from the main campus. Through a contract with the Missouri Department of Corrections, a small number of employees work at several regional correctional facilities. Some employees work in educational programs in collaboration with the Metropolitan Community Colleges (MCC) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the northern Kansas City, Missouri region (Figure
Adjunct faculty members teach specific classes as needed. Temporary employees fill positions related to specific projects that require additional personnel for a limited time. Part-time employees provide ongoing support to institutional units.
Western funds part-time student employment through the federal work-study program or institutional work-study. Providing opportunities for students to work on campus is part of the Western retention plan. The student work-study program provides work experience and opportunity to apply learning in the work environment. This allows students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a work situation, develop job-related skills, and learn to work in a team environment.