Compensation Evaluation Service

Compensate with Confidence

The Right Compensation for Top Leaders

AGB Search offers the Compensation Evaluation Service (CES) to help our clients establish appropriate and effective compensation levels for top institutional leaders. Colleges and universities must be judicious in approaching executive pay to attract and retain top talent, as well as stand up to scrutiny.

There is significant movement at the presidential level, so institutions must be prepared to offer attractive compensation packages. This is a critical time to evaluate presidential compensation levels against both peer and aspirant groups not only to gauge competitiveness, but also to determine what a new president could command. This is also an opportune time for presidents to assess the compensation of their Cabinet. 

It is recommended that institiutions conduct compensation evaluations approximately every four to five years, allowing for a smoother, more efficient hiring process by having current data in hand.

How CES Works

Using the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) data on higher education compensation, the CES helps institutions set executive pay and benefits at sound and competitive levels.

The customized CES analysis and report includes:

  • Assistance in identifying a set of comparable peer group institutions
  • Comparison-group salary analyses for a given position or set of positions
  • Information on benefits and other components of compensation within the peer group
  • Guidance on additional considerations that should inform decisions about compensation

If requested, the CES can also provide:

  • Assistance with the development of a compensation package
  • Support for the development of a statement of compensation philosophy
  • Counsel on and a letter attesting to the institution’s compliance with law and best practice

The CES report is provided at a competitive price, in accordance with the institution’s budget.

To discuss how the CES can help your institution, contact Alan Crist, Ph.D., at 608.695.0217.

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