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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.94 / 3.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
14.46 US/Canadian $

Percentage of all employees (regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary workers) that receive a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100):
97.30

Does the institution have employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
No

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):
0

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?:
125 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 :

The lowest paid FT employee at Penn State makes $21,324 annually and receives an additional $18,958/ year in retirement, medical, dental, and vision benefits. On an hourly basis, wages plus benefits amount to $19.37/ hr, which is 134% of the living wage.

Health benefits premiums are scaled to wages so, in essence, the higher paid employees subsidize the lower paid ones. In addition, educational privileges benefits are available to full-time faculty and staff members, their spouse, and dependent children up to the age of 26. The grant-in-aid benefit is a 75% discount on the tuition charge.


Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
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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)?:
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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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Notes on Part 2: Data on wages paid by on-campus contractors was not readily available. However, instructions for this credit specify that it applies to "regular providers of dining/catering, cleaning/janitorial, maintenance, groundskeeping, transportation, and retail services (e.g. book and supply stores)". To the best of our knowledge Penn State does not hire contractors for any of these services with the exception of the on-campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore. For our last STARS report we estimated the number of contractor employees at 50. Because we lack salary data for these individuals, and since their numbers are very small (<0.3% of total employees), we have answered "no" to Part 2 above.

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.