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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.73 / 3.00 Carmen Canales
Chief Human Resources Officer
Human Resources
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Number of employees:
2,668

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
2,668

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

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
260

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
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A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

Living wage: Approximates the income needed to meet minimum standards of living. The Forsyth County living wage represents the most recent estimate, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which compiles geographically specific expenditure data for food, childcare, health care, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
2,668

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
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A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

Living wage: Approximates the income needed to meet minimum standards of living. The Forsyth County living wage represents the most recent estimate, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which compiles geographically specific expenditure data for food, childcare, health care, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

Our full-time staff members receive access to medical, dental, vision and other auxiliary benefits. They receive short and long term disability, retirement contributions, tuition concession, paid time off, holiday pay, parental/adoption leave, and statutory benefits that are covered by the university at 100%.

The university pays its full-time staff members a competitive wage based on the skills required for the position. We ensure our pay is fair and equitable to internal and external benchmarks. Our staff members are eligible for an annual merit increase based on performance.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Our part-time staff members working more than 1,000 hours per year receive access to medical, dental, vision benefits at group costs. They receive retirement contributions, paid time off, holiday pay, and statutory benefits that are covered by the university at 100%.

The university pays its part-time staff members a competitive wage based on the skills required for the position. We ensure our pay is fair and equitable to internal and external benchmarks. Our staff members are eligible for an annual merit increase based on performance.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

Our temporary staff members receive statutory benefits that are covered by the university at 100%.

The university pays its temporary staff members a competitive wage based on the skills required for the position. We ensure our pay is fair and equitable to internal and external benchmarks.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

Our adjunct faculty members receive statutory benefits that are covered by the university at 100%.

The university pays its adjunct faculty members a competitive wage based on the skills required for the position. We ensure our pay is fair and equitable to internal and external benchmarks.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

Our student employees have access to our student health plan.

The university pays its students competitive wage based on the skills required for the position.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
7.25 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
No

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

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.