Category Archives: March 2019

On the 2019 NCAA women’s bracket & living wage policies

Today I’m taking a look at the 2019 NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament bracket (yesterday I provided some decidedly non-expert analysis of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament). I’m methodically completing my women’s brackets, trying to decide whether strength-of-schedule, conferences, geographical or academic loyalties, mascots, or school colors are sufficient to overrule seedings and produce upsets. As with this year’s men’s tournament, I can’t pick an all-Jesuit women’s final four this year because only three Jesuit institutions have teams in the tournament – Gonzaga (5), Marquette (5), and Fordham (14) – although all three of them could (in theory) make it to the final four…

…as with the men’s tournament yesterday, I refer back to this project and last year’s (2018) list of 32 American higher education institutions (HEIs) with (either all or part of) a living wage policy publicly available on their institution’s website – that about 1% of all four year HEIs (see my AASHE webinar here).

Out of the 64 teams making the 2019 women’s tournament, five institutions made last year’s list – just under 8 percent of the field. Those institutions are 2 seed Stanford (2018 Living Wage Policy score 85), 10 seed Auburn University (45), 6 seed UCLA (70), 8 seed University of California (70), and 15 seed UC Davis (70).

Three of those teams are in the upper half of their regional bracket (i.e., 8 seed or higher), but three of them are in the same first and second round grouping playing at Stanford, which means at best three of these five teams can make it to the “sweet 16.”

Notably, Auburn was the only institution to field teams in both the men’s and women’s tournaments and have (all or part of) a living wage policy.

I’m interested to see if additional tournament teams have instituted living wage policies since last year. I’m about to begin soliciting participation from chief human resource officers (CHROs) in our 2019 data collection effort to answer that question. As before, I’ll be asking if living wage policies and/or practices are in effect; I’ll be asking institutions with policies to provide them, and I’ll be inviting CHROs at colleges with living wage practices to be interviewed about their institution’s practices.

NCAA men’s bracket & living wage policies (for entertainment purposes only)

It’s March Madness Monday for fans of the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which begins later this week. This is the day when work productivity across American slows to a crawl as people fill out brackets based on seedings, possible upsets, strength-of-schedule, conferences, geographical or academic loyalties, mascots, and school colors. Already I’m scrambling to create a bracket, as my standard all-Jesuit final four can’t happen this year because at most two of the three Jesuit institutions with teams in the tournament – Gonzaga (1), Marquette (5), and Saint Louis (13) – can make it to the final four…

…but whenever I see a list a schools, I refer back to this project and last year’s (2018) list of 32 American higher education institutions (HEIs) with (either all or part of) a living wage policy publicly available on their institution’s website – that about 1% of all four year HEIs (see my AASHE webinar here).

Out of the 68 teams making the 2019 men’s tournament, six institutions made last year’s list – that’s 8 percent of the field. Those institutions are 13 seed UC Irvine (2018 Living Wage Policy score 70), 5 seed Auburn University (45), 5 seed University of Wisconsin-Madison (35), 8 seed Virginia Commonwealth (25), 8 seed Utah State (20), and 4 seed Virginia Tech (20).

Five of those teams are in the upper half of their regional bracket (i.e., 8 seed or higher), and five of the six can make it to the “sweet 16” (with an upset, UC Irvine can play Wisconsin later this week in San Jose – go Anteaters!).

I’m interested to see if additional tournament teams have instituted living wage policies since last year. I’m about to begin soliciting participation from chief human resource officers (CHROs) in our 2019 data collection effort to answer that question. As before, I’ll be asking if living wage policies and/or practices are in effect; I’ll be asking institutions with policies to provide them, and I’ll be inviting CHROs at colleges with living wage practices to be interviewed about their institution’s practices.

Go Anteaters!

 

Good news

This’ll be brief, because….it’s about me (and the project).

I’m happy to report that I’ve been granted a research sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year by Saint Joseph’s University. My proposal sought the time and support to continue and accelerate the pace of the Living Wage Policy Study beyond that which would be possible during a regular academic year. Thank you to SJU and my colleagues there for this awesome support!

In other news, it’s conference proposal season right, which must mean spring  isn’t far away (and spring break too!). I’ll reporting on upcoming conference presentation news as I received acceptances, and other developments as they occur.

Ken