Significant Advancements on Compensation and Housing
The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration have been working with various groups on campus to create fair, equitable, and sustained solutions to salary and housing challenges that have been raised by our faculty and staff in the Campus Climate Survey and other forums.
- Faculty Salaries: In the 2019-20 academic year, the University allocated funding to support $250,000 in market-based, data-driven salary adjustments for tenure-track faculty and $400,000 in adjustments for Senior Lecturers and Renewable-term Lecturers. This was in addition to the 3% merit pool. Last spring, we began the consultative process to review academic year adjunct lecturer salary scales, as well.
- Faculty Positions: Work continues to create more attractive full-time teaching opportunities for our faculty. Last academic year, 80% of eligible academic year candidates were offered reappointment either to a fixed-term or a renewable-term lecturer position, with 100% accepting their contract and returning to Santa Clara. Moreover, 25% of our academic year adjunct lecturers are continuing multi-year contracts and 18 academic year adjunct lecturer appointments were transitioned to renewable-term lecturer appointments. We are grateful to welcome 16 new tenure-track faculty, two new renewable-term faculty, and 38 adjunct faculty to Santa Clara this academic year.
- Staff Compensation: As funding is made available, Human Resources is implementing recommendations stemming from the staff compensation study. This study, led by the Department of Human Resources, was driven by the University’s commitment to recruit, retain, develop, and engage a diverse and talented workforce by maintaining a competitive salary structure and performance-based pay system. $1.2m has been allocated for FY 2019-20, and $1m was allocated FY 2018-19.
- Campbell Ave. Faculty and Staff Housing: Progress continues on planning for new construction of affordable faculty-staff housing on Campbell Avenue near campus and the Caltrain, bus, and future BART stations. When it is complete, the supply of university-owned faculty-staff housing will be dramatically increased. A survey of all faculty and staff, which provided very useful information, was conducted at the end of March. This month, faculty and staff are participating in information sessions and focus groups to gather additional input for planning purposes. On May 14, 2019, the San Jose City Council voted to allow the rezoning necessary for the project to proceed. There will be two more hearings this November and December, which will determine whether we can proceed and we will need the community's help in advocating for it (more details to come as we get closer).
- Expanded Down Payment Support for SCU Employees: Santa Clara is also expanding our partnership with Landed so all qualified and interested SCU faculty and staff can receive down payment support for a home purchase. This program replaces the Landed pilot program announced in May of 2018 for eligible faculty. Landed’s down payment program provides half of the down payment on a home, up to $120,000 per household, in exchange for a share in the gain (or loss, if any) of the value of the home once it is sold or refinanced. This is the same program that has helped more than 200 public K-12 and higher education employees purchase homes, including more than 50 right here in Santa Clara County. All employees who have worked half-time or more at Santa Clara University for at least two years may qualify. There are no income or asset restrictions to participating and the program is not restricted to first time homebuyers. The mortgage subsidy program for tenure-track faculty will continue, as well.