State Universities Civil Service System
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The State Universities Civil Service System (University System) is empowered by statute through the University Civil Service Merit Board to develop, maintain, and administer a comprehensive and efficient program of human resource administration for the higher education community. The University System has developed a comprehensive set of administrative rules and procedures, which effectively facilitates the human resource administration at each employment location. Our mission is to champion excellence in education and auxiliary programs by providing a comprehensive foundation of human resource practices and standards that facilitate the recruitment, retention, and development of a quality staff in support of the teaching and research mission of each university/agency. Recognizing that the overall student educational experience is significantly impacted by staff and programs, we strive to create human resource programs that set the standard for excellence, quality, and efficiency.
Among its many responsibilities, the University System provides direct guidance and support services to universities/agencies in such areas as employment, pre-employment examinations, classification plan management, salary administration, compliance audit reviews, disciplinary procedures, administrative appeals, and other human resource activities most specifically related to their professional, technical, and support staff. Direct oversight authority spans across approximately 50,700 employees, including approximately 22,200 civil service employees. Classifications plan management activities span across a comprehensive system of 1,028 individual job classifications. The agency has oversight authority over thousands of basic employment and personnel transactions performed through the various university/agency human resource offices throughout the system.
Our biggest challenge at this point is to review and modernize our business operations and policies. We need to incorporate new models of human resource administration and introduce those programs in a collaborative constituency environment. We are changing the cultural perspectives surrounding our business operations, and this has proved to be a difficult task in some respects. However, we have progressed significantly over the past few years in achieving some recognized goals and have introduced programs that have made the University System business operations much more efficient, effective, and customer-oriented. These programs have not only positively impacted our agency, but have also positively impacted each and every employment location. More significant progress in terms of efficiency and customer service is predicted for the very near future. To meet the goals and objectives outlined above, the agency spent approximately two years working with members of the General Assembly and Governor's Office staff to revise the State Universities Civil Service Act and provide for greater efficiency in the administration of the human resources programs within the higher education community. Public Act 100-0615 is effective January 1, 2019.