Title and Total Compensation Project (TTC)


May 2, 2022

Title and Total Compensation Project (TTC)

Scheduled Implementation Date November 7, 2021

News: Title and Total Compensation Project Update, May 2, 2022

TTC Project Overview

The TTC Project Creates
  • Clear, consistent, and relevant job title and job descriptions.
  • Market-informed title and compensation structures.
  • A framework for career development at the UW-System.
What’s Changing
  • Official Titles within a new Job Framework
  • Salary Structure and Guidelines
  • Business Titles
What’s Not Changing
  • Assigned Duties and reporting relationships
  • Employee Base Pay
  • Employee Category (i.e., US, AS, LI)
  • Benefits

TTC Business Titles

Business Titles
  • A Business Title provides greater description to an employee’s assigned official job title.
  • Business Titles will replace working titles.
  • Business Titles must be approved by HR.
A Business Title Should
  • Clarify a position’s role in the organization.
  • Describe the work performed in a role.
  • Align with industry best practice.
A Business Title Cannot
  • Duplicate a title of record.
  • Misrepresent the university of the authority of a position.
  • Use words typically associated with executive titles, like President, Chancellor, Provost, Dean or Director.

TTC Timeline and Next Steps

The scheduled implementation date of new titles, job descriptions, and salary structure is November 7, 2021. The following are key dates in the timeline based on this implementation date.

Summer 2021
  • Employee/Manager conversations occur. Employee conversations will confirm job title, standard job description, and Business Title.
  • Employee/Manager conversations should conclude by August 31, 2021.
November 2021
  • Salary structure available for review.
  • Employees receive official notice of title change from UW System.
  • New Titles/Salary Structure will go into effect.
  • Title Appeals process will commence.
February 2022
  • Deadline to submit title appeals is February 4, 2022.

TTC Employee/Manager Conversations

Employee/Manager Conversations

The goal of the Employee/Manager Conversations is to confirm that the job title and Standard Job Description (SJD) assigned reflect the essential function of the employee’s position and how they spend the majority of their time.

Discussed in Meeting
  • Share the title and Standard Job Description.
  • Review responsibilities of the SJD.
  • Give employee the opportunity for feedback.
  • Determine a Business Title for the position, where warranted.
  • Describe next steps in process.
Not Discussed in Meeting
  • Pay range and salary will not be discussed in the meeting.

TTC Title Appeals

Title Appeal Process
  • The period to submit title appeals will be November 15, 2021 to February 4, 2022.
  • Submitted title appeal requests will be heard starting January 1, 2022.
  • Title appeals must be submitted through the Streamline TTC Title Appeal Request Form.

TTC Appeals ProcessTTC Appeals Process

TTC Title Appeal Request FormTTC Title Appeal Request Form (Streamline)

TTC Title Appeal Submission Period Elapsed

What Can Be Appealed
  • An employee’s job title.
What Cannot Be Appealed
  • An employee’s pay.
  • A job title’s assigned pay range.
  • Language of a standard job description.
  • Titles assigned to standard job descriptions.
  • A title’s FLSA status.
Steps in the TTC Title Appeal Process

Appellant Submits TTC Title Appeal Request Form


TTC Step

Supervisor Acknowledges Request


TTC Step

Central Human Resources Reviews Request


TTC Step

Title Appeal Panel Reviews Request


TTC Step

Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Makes Final Decision on all TTC Title Appeal Requests



Step 4: TTC Appeal Panel Meeting Required Actions

TTC Voluntary Reassignment Option

University Staff employees who are moving from non-exempt to exempt have the option to move to either the Academic Staff or the Limited Appointment employee category, depending on the designation of their TTC title. Project employees, rehired annuitants, and University Staff-Temporary employees are not eligible to have their positions voluntarily reassigned to either an Academic Staff or Limited Appointment position. Please see UW System Administrative Policy SYS 1287 Voluntary Reassignment to Academic Staff/Limited Appointment Positions for details. If you think you might be eligible for voluntary reassignment and wish to explore this option further, please contact your HR Business Partner.

Below is a summary of payroll and leave reporting, paid leave, benefits, appointment terms, and other relevant changes to be aware of before choosing to switch employee categories. Please contact benefits@uwm.edu for any questions regarding leave and benefits prior to making this decision.

TTC Employee Choice ComparisonTTC Employee Choice Comparison

For the most current information about the Title and Total Compensation Project please see the UW System website below.

Additional TTC Resources

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