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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.66 / 3.00 Petrika Peters
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
13.08 US/Canadian $

Percentage of all employees (regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary workers) that receive a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100):
87

Does the institution have employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Percentage of employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations that the institution has verified as receiving a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100; enter ‘0’ if unknown):
41.50

The total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular (i.e., permanent) employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
100 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade, including any in-kind benefits included as part of the total compensation figure :

If an employee works at least 20 hours per week for six months or more in a regular/permanent position, they are eligible for the same benefits as the full time employees (i.e. healthcare and retirement contributions). The exception is that they accrue leave on a prorated basis.

For employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week in a regular position, they receive prorated leave based on the hours they work (i.e. no healthcare or retirement contributions).

Living wage based on 2080 working hours in the year (52 weeks x 40 hours/wk). Living wage Lawrence county = $13.80/hr, or $28,704 annually. Compensation ONLY for lowest paid employee = $10.96 hourly, or $22,797 annually. Total compensation for the lowest paid employee includes healthcare and retirement funded by the institution. FY17 healthcare = $8,387 per employee. FY17 Employer retirement contribution = 6% of gross (approx. $1,368/yr). Total Compensation for lowest paid permanent employee = $32,552 or $15.65/hr. ($22,797 + $9,755) Bottom line: $15.65/hr satisfies 113.4% of the $13.80/hr living wage.


Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
No

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:
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Has the institution made a formal commitment to provide a living wage to its student employees and/or graduate teaching/research assistants (e.g. by adopting a student bill-of-rights)?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s commitment to a student living wage:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Living wage information was sourced here: http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/46081 and based on a family of four.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.