In its Strategic Plan, "State of Excellence", Mississippi State University recognizes the university's greatest asset is its people, and the attainment of all other university goals is predicated on the ability to continue to recruit and retain high quality faculty, staff, and students. Staff compensation is a key component supporting the university's commitment to provide all members of the university community with the tools, rewards, and resources to achieve their professional and personal goals and supports the strategy to recognize and reward performance by staff.