Compensation Project

From 2013 to 2015, Western Michigan University conducted a study of the staff compensation system for all professional, administrative, clerical and technical employees. A new compensation system was launched on July 1, 2015. 

The compensation project team was comprised of campus representatives and was led by consultants from Aon Hewitt.

The project was divided into two phases. An overview of each phase is available via the links below.


At key points throughout the project, representatives from Human Resources and Aon updated the campus community at town hall meetings. Presentation slides and video from these town hall meetings are available below. 

Market REcalibration, 2018-19

Aon recommends a regular process to recalibrate a compensation system to market, typically every three to five years based upon market pressure and resources. Upon launch of the new compensation system, WMU decided upon and communicated a four-year time frame for conducting a "market recalibration" of the system in 2018-19. Please see Staff Compensation System: Market Recalibration, 2018-19 for details.