October 31, 2005

Compensation study moves into next phase

The Compensation Review Committee is continuing with the next step in the compensation study it began last spring.

In order to give all full-time employees affected by the compensation study a chance to provide their feedback, the college Compensation Review Committee worked with Fox Lawson & Associates earlier this year to develop an online employee attitude survey. The online survey--available for all staff and administrators to complete anonymously--asked for feedback regarding what types of compensation would attract and retain employees to a certain employer. The 29-question survey asked participants to rate the importance of various compensation components. With a 41 percent response rate, the results of this online survey mirrored the feedback received in initial focus groups.   

A second round of focus group meetings facilitated by Fox Lawson, held in the summer on campus, provided feedback and discussion on the current performance evaluation process at Columbus State.

Since the survey and focus group have been completed, the compensation web page has been updated with summaries of the responses to the online employee survey and focus groups. Summaries can be found at the Posted Updates section at http://www.cscc.edu/compensation/.  

For the current phase of the study, Fox Lawson is collecting salary data from the market in order to make salary comparisons to the college's internal salary data. Once all data is collected, Fox Lawson will review it for accuracy, follow up with participants as needed, and analyze the data Columbus State has collected. The result will be a formal report issued by Fox Lawson outlining how the college compares to the market in terms of actual salaries and formal salary ranges. For each benchmark job, they will outline a percentage difference compared to the market. In addition, an overall comparison figure will be calculated to identify how the college compares to the market overall.

Based on the results of this analysis, Fox Lawson will make recommendations for salary structure adjustments as appropriate.

The Compensation Review Committee also has been studying a variation of a compensation system discovered by two members of Staff Advisory Council, Mandy Golhofer and Paula Collier.


100 new scholarships available for 2006 high school graduates

Columbus State will offer 100 new $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates of the Class of 2006. Applicants must have plans to enroll fulltime in the Autumn Quarter of 2006 and have completed their high school graduation requirements by June 2006 with a 2.80 cumulative grade point average or a 23 ACT score. Applications for the new Success Scholarship are due by March 1, 2006.  

Columbus State offers two other scholarship opportunities for high school seniors graduating in 2006.

  • The Partnership Scholarship is a $1,500 academic year scholarship open to high school graduates from Franklin, Delaware, Madison and Union counties. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average with plans to enroll fulltime at Columbus State in Autumn Quarter 2006.
  • The Tech Prep Scholarship is also a $1,500 academic year scholarship for students completing a Heart of Ohio Tech Prep Consortium program in 2006. Applicants must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and plan to enroll fulltime at Columbus State Autumn Quarter 2006.

Combined, these programs offer up to 200 scholarships valued at up to $250,000 for new high school graduates enrolling at Columbus State for Autumn Quarter 2006. Visit www.cscc.edu   (select "Financial Aid," then "Scholarships") for more information and application materials.


Global Cultural Competency seminar scheduled

The Small Business Development Center's new seminar on Global Cultural Competency can help participants acquire the skills business professionals need to work successfully with foreign partners and understand how the differences in perceptions, expectations and lack of trust can reduce productivity and effectiveness.

On November 10, from 8 a.m.-noon, Yulia Mast, Ph.D. candidate and associate professor at Otterbein College, will discuss the transformation of the business class in Eastern Europe; Andrew Brodey, president of Sourcerite, will provide practical advice on how to do business in China; and Mercedes Moore, president of the Trade Education and Compliance Network, will discuss the cultural differences among Latin American cultures and the United States.

Participants will learn to improve communication and overcome language barriers, enhance techniques to participate effectively in global teams, and solve problems and build consensus across cultures.

The seminar is sponsored by Columbus State, the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio, the U.S. Commercial Service of the United States of America Department of Commerce, and SBA.

Registration is $95, and the deadline to register is November 8. All cancellations received after November 8 and all no shows will be invoiced.

For more information, visit http://cscc.edu/cpe/sbdc/International.pdf . To register, call 614-287-5300 or register online at www.SBDC.cscc.edu.


Monique Coleman named president of NAVPA

Monique Coleman, veterans affairs coordinator in Financial Aid, has been elected president of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA). NAVPA promotes professional competency and efficiency of its association members and others involved in veterans educational programs, and promotes the development, improvement and extension of opportunities to any veteran or dependent of a veteran for his or her personal growth and development.

Coleman works on behalf of students who are veterans, National Guard members and reservists, disabled, and dependants and spouses to make attending Columbus State an easier transition.


Respiratory students raise money for asthma program

Columbus State's Respiratory Therapy Student Organization participated in the 3 rd Annual Blow the Whistle on Asthma Walk October 1 at Easton. The club raised more than $600 for asthma programs offered by the American Lung Association of Ohio.

Walking for healthy lungs are, from left, Lori Babin, Shirley Horner, Mike Dressel, Karyn Schmelzer, Doug Steinhauser, Renee Benee with daughter Jada, Jeff Detrick, Respiratory Therapy Teaching Assistant Sheila Thielmann with daughter Madeline, Assistant Professor in Respiratory Care Sue Donohue, Summer Peplow, Julie Wetterauer, Misti Evoy, and Billy Evoy.


You're invited to Breakfast with Santa

The Alumni Association is again hosting its Breakfast with Santa on December 3 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome to join in and bring their children for refreshments, holiday activities and photos with Santa Claus.

Tickets are $9 per adult, $10 for children (includes photograph), and children under one are free. If you are an alumni member, tickets are discounted $1. Deadline for reservations is November 18. Checks can be made out to the Columbus State Alumni Association and mailed to the Alumni Association in care of Columbus State.

When making your reservation, indicate the ages of children so age-appropriate activities can be planned.

For more information, contact alumni member Cookie Zingarelli at 614-275-4960.