UDC News

November 17, 2009


Statement on Salary Adjustment Issue

Washington, DC - There is a rumor that the University took back salary adjustments for non-union employees in a recent Board action – we would like to clarify the rumor. About two years ago, the administration had reserved a portion of the budget for last year (FY09) to provide a cost of living adjustment for those not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. To enable the University to meet audit and budget requirements and to preserve funds for UDC compensation, the Board set aside a reserve for future compensation.

There are currently two significant initiatives to address the inequity of salaries for our non-union employees. The first is to establish a compensation philosophy which compares UDC positions with those of our peer institutions. This philosophy will include strong value for competitive base salaries and a system of merit pay for those who produce strong results. The second is to establish and implement a plan to adjust our base salaries to be more consistent with comparable positions in the University market (as reflected in the College and University Association of Human Resources National Salary Survey). We expect to finish this second piece in January 2010. The money set aside by the Board will be used to implement merit pay to reward performance.

Since performance evaluation is such an important part of the merit process, and because we have received so many complaints about the existing evaluation process, we are proposing a new evaluation process and schedule. We also propose that the existing evaluation process be changed to require evaluation on the anniversary date of each employee. Merit increases will follow shortly after evaluations which meet the new standard.

To succeed for our students, ourselves and our institution, we must all reconsider the very nature of our work. We must ask ourselves whether our work is as effective and efficient as it can be. With every improvement comes greater benefit to our students. We hope this explanation has been helpful. We will continue to address rumors and update you as things progress.


The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371