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Ohio University employees to receive mid-year pay increase

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 5, 2005) -- Many Ohio University employees will receive mid-year 1 percent pay increases, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today.

Administrative and classified employees will receive across-the-board 1 percent raises, and the 1 percent for faculty will be allocated by the colleges according to last year's annual peer evaluation process, focusing the limited funding on the top-performing faculty.

The pay raises will be effective for the pay period beginning Jan. 1, 2006, for administrative employees, Dec. 11 for classified employees and Feb. 15 for faculty members. The raises will cover half of the year ? 6 months for administrators, 13 biweekly pay periods for classified employees and 4 1/2 months for faculty.

"When making decisions about the budget this past winter and spring, we indicated that we would try to provide our employees with additional pay raises should enrollment goals exceed projections," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "Our record-setting class of first-year students has bolstered our overall enrollment, and we are pleased to make this adjustment to reward the hard work and commitment of our university community members."

This year's class of 4,167 first-year students is the largest incoming class on record at Ohio University. It compares with 3,795 students last year and budget projections of 3,800 students. Overall enrollment is 19,722 students, 18 more than last year and 178 more than the projected enrollment of 19,544 that was used for initial budgeting purposes.

The total 1 percent pay raise pool is approximately $1.7 million.

Additionally, an administrative evaluation process will be implemented by Dec. 31 to provide merit review for administrative staff so that all administrative staff members will have an annual evaluation to facilitate merit-based pay increases in the future.

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Media Contact:  Ohio University Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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