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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.40 / 3.00 Julia Hicks
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
11.95 US/Canadian $

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

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

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):

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?:
150 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 :

Clerical pay ranges effective July 1, 2015 began at $15.76/hr.
Physical Plant pay ranges effective July 1, 2015 began at $14.57/hr. (following probationary period in which salary is $14.32/hr.)

Wesleyan's Employment Code for Service Contractors (which applies to third party contractors as well as regular employees and temps) stipulates a total compensation standard of $14.87/hr. as of September 2015. Contract employees scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week are eligible to participate as full-time employees in a health insurance plan that includes cost-sharing. Full-time employees are eligible for 5 vacation days after 1 year of continuous employment. Employees are permitted to participate in ESL courses at Wesleyan and to enroll their children in Neighborhood Preschool.

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

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)?:

A brief description of the institution’s commitment to a student living wage:

Wesleyan’s undergraduate population is nearly 100% traditional; nearly all undergraduate students are required to live on campus. Financial aid funding is provided based upon financial need to cover cost of attendance expenses. Students receiving need-based financial aid ordinarily are awarded institutional or federal work-study funding as part of their financial aid package. The minimum wage in CT has increased 22% over a three-year period, from $8.70/hr to $10.10/hr. The work-study allotment has remained constant during this time, meaning students with financial need are required to work fewer hours. All remaining need for high need students is met with scholarship support.

Our graduate/teaching research assistants receive competitive stipend pay. Wesleyan has not adopted a graduate student bill-of-rights, but Wesleyan has made an informal commitment to providing a living wage to graduate/teaching research assistants. In 2012 Wesleyan began using the affordable housing guidelines of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a guiding benchmark. Corrective measures were taken -- graduate housing costs were fixed for a time and graduate stipends increased by greater than 5% per year for several years. The current annual graduate stipend level is $30,570 (competitive with graduate schools in our geographic area) and university housing is on average of 32% of annual grad income.

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