Reward Systems for Staff in Higher Education Institutions: Case Studies of 15 Higher Education Institutions in Colorado

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Organizational Leadership


Leadership and Organizations

First Advisor

Patricia Greer


reward systems; higher education; Staffing


Responsive, creative reward systems recognize and incentivize employee performance and behavior. By establishing a clear connection between behavior and performance with rewards, employees identify and understand the ways in which their work relates to the organization's mission. Higher education institution culture (IHE) ascribes value to affiliations, achievements, and professional growth. The capstone project focused on an examination of existing reward systems for staff at 15 IHEs in Colorado to identify components and others with the potential for adoption. The researcher employed a descriptive content analysis methodology to conduct a systematic, objective analysis of the reward systems. She analyzed the documents and coded them according to 45 variables in order to compile a set of reward system components.

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