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My name is Ken Weidner. I’m an assistant professor of management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (since 2000) . This blog will provide updates on my research into living wage policies in American higher education, and will also include resources and links to news and research on living wage policies in general.

This journey started in 2015 when I mentored Liz Sohmer for her Summer Scholars research project at SJU. Liz wanted to know whether American colleges and universities had implemented living wage policies. We were both surprised how few institutions had done so. Liz’s research led to a conference presentation of our results, which led me to conduct more research, and another conference presentation….here we are.

You can learn more about the Living Wage Policy Study; a good place to start is here. In the Project area you’ll also find a set of FAQs. I also welcome questions and inquiries about the project. You can provide feedback on the website here. Chief Human Resource Offices can indicate interest in participating in the study here. Finally, my most recent blog posts can be found just below this welcome note.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Second presentation added @ AASHE 2018

My talk “A Primer on Living Wage Policies and Just Employment” was upgraded from a poster session to a presentation and added to the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh. The presentation is Wednesday October 3 at 8:30 am in Convention Center 317. This is a 30-minute compact “on-ramp” for anyone who wants to learn about living wage policies and just employment.

And if you want to learn more, later that morning, I’ll be presenting “This Justice In: Updated Results From the Living Wage Policy Study” at 11:30 (also in Convention Center 317). I’ve revised my earlier post about AASHE (from July) to reflect the new information.

If you’re attending AASHE, or would like to connect in Pittsburgh, please drop me a note (weidner@sju.edu)!

Living Wage Policy Study – Data collection for Phase 2 and 3 data is underway

We’ve begun collecting data for Phase 2 Living Wage Policies) and Phase 3 (Living Wage Practices) of the Living Wage Policy Study. I’m personally sending an email to the Chief Human Resource Officer of every four year public and private non-profit college and university in the 50 states and DC, inviting them to participate in the study and to benefit from participating by receiving our research results in advance of their publication.

The survey takes no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. All invitations to participate in the survey are sent from my email: weidner@sju.edu. The survey is hosted on Qualtrics (qualtrics.com), and invitees are provided a secure link to the survey.

Based on participants’ survey responses, institutions with living wage policies are asked to submit their institution’s policy (if you wish, we’ll redact all identifications of your institution), while institutions with living wage practices are asked to be interviewed (about 30 minutes) about their practices. For either phase of the study, institutions will not be identified in our research results and reports.

If you are a CHRO and haven’t received an invitation to participate in the survey, please email me: weidner@sju.edu.

If you aren’t a CHRO, please encourage your CHRO to look for the survey and complete it. Living wage policies and practices are an increasingly important subject that higher education institutions will likely need to address, either sooner or later – but we can’t learn about HR practices in higher education without your help!

Thank you!

2018 AASHE presentations (updated 9/19)

Updated (Sep 18 2018): AASHE asked if I’d be willing to convert my poster session (announced below in July) to a presentation – and of course I’m delighted to do so. This post has been the edited to reflect the current information on both presentations.

More good news. I’ve had two proposals accepted for presentation at the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh (October 2-4). I’m delighted because AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, aashe.org) is a rapidly growing organization centered on higher education, and brings together everyone from students to staff to academics, all acting on their commitments to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that inspired the theme to this year’s conference, “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge.”

Both presentations are on Wednesday, October 3:

A Primer on Living Wage Policies and Just Employment(8:30-9:00 am, Convention Center 317).

This presentation is a compact introduction to living wage and just employment issues.

This Justice In: Updated Results From the Living Wage Policy Study(11:30-12:30, Convention Center 317) 

This presentation begins at a more intermediate level and provides me more time to work with participants during my session presentation.

My engagement with AASHE began in October 2016 with my first AASHE conference presentation (with Elizabeth Sohmer in Baltimore), and put me on the path toward this project.

If you’re attending AASHE, or would like to connect in Pittsburgh, please drop me a note!

2018 CUPA-HR presentation

Updated July 12 with presentation date and time

Today I received word that my presentation proposal “When is it Time for a Living Wage Policy?” has been accepted for presentation to the 2018 CUPA-HR Annual Conference, in Indianapolis October 7-9. I’m delighted because CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, cupahr.org) is vibrant organization drawing HR professionals from across the spectrum of public and private higher education institutions. My presentation time is 11 am on Monday October 8; if you are attending CUPA-HR, please stop by. I hope to see you there.

Living wage webinar video

Thank you to everyone who participated in my AASHE webinar, Socially Sustainable: Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education, on Wednesday (Feb 21 2018), especially to AASHE for the opportunity to report some of the preliminary results from phase 1 of the Living Wage Policy Study.

While I’ve taught online graduate courses for several years, this was my first webinar – on any subject – and I enjoyed learning about the process. Special thanks to AASHE Education Programs Manager Daita Serghi who was terrific to work with and makes it look easy.

In my experience, writing and presenting material in depth helps me attain clarity about what I know and what I don’t know, and preparing for this presentation was no exception.

The webinar and presentation materials are available to AASHE members on the AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub. A video of the webinar is viewable here or click the title slide below.

AASHE Webinar 2-21-2018 Socially Sustainable Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education Weidner in use.001