Staff Members Need To Complete PDQ

Wednesday, October 31 2012

To accurately complete the Classification Study, we need non-faculty exempt and classified staff in board-appointed positions to complete your position description questionnaires before Nov. 14. These positions include board-appointed “temporary” positions that are ongoing but may have temporary funding. Irregular help (or temporary help) positions are not included in the study.

The PDQ can be accessed online at

This is your opportunity to describe your job responsibilities and duties, required skills, decision-making and the impact of your job to the University community. The PDQ information is used to classify jobs, price them against the external markets, identify proper classification titles (sometimes called Banner titles) and ultimately to determine which salary range the position will reside in. In mid-spring, HR will draft updated job descriptions based on the PDQ information provided for your review and approval. So, many pieces of these studies rely on this very important next step.

This study and the outcomes will be implemented in July 2013 and will be a great step forward in improving a few of our key internal administrative systems, including classifications and non-faculty pay practices.

To learn more about the Classification Study, visit the HR webpages under Classification and Compensation Study at:

This site includes the following elements:

- An explanation of the study’s purpose,
- Supervisor tips for reviewing and approving PDQs,
- A list of open PDQ training sessions (Oct. 31 and Nov. 7),
- Questions and answers including a section on PDQs which is updated every few days, and
- A feedback form for additional questions or suggestions that will go directly to me.

HR will offer additional smaller training sessions within specific departments. Many are already set up and the list is changing by the hour, so please check with you Affirmative Action Coordinator to see if one is already arranged for your department. Your AACs had their own special training session and may be able to answer many of the questions you may have, including what to do about off-site staff, vacant positions, positions that have multiple supervisors or departments that want a review process beyond just the immediate supervisor.