Phases

Participants can elect to opt-in for each phase of the study separately, and are provided advanced pre-publication access to research results. The phases of the project are as follows:

Phase 1

Publicly Available Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education

(Aug 2015-Dec 2017) This study provides analysis of publicly available living wage policies with institutional data including academic reputations, net operating margins, bond ratings, and presidential tenure. Institutions with policies will be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection has concluded for Phase 1.

Phase 2

Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education*

(Mar 2018-Dec 2018) This study provides analysis of living wage policies, institutional data, and interviews of Chief HR Officers in institutions which have enacted living wage policies. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection for Phase 2 will commence in March 2018; to ensure that your institution is included in our outreach, please contact us.

Phase 3

Living Wage Practices in American Higher Education

(May 2018-Dec 2018) This study provides analysis of interviews of Chief HR Officers in institutions with living wage practices. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection for Phase 3 will commence in May 2018; to ensure that your institution is included in our outreach, please contact us.

Phase 4

Adopting Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education*

(anticipated Feb 2019-Aug 2019) This study provides analysis of interviews of Chief HR Officers in institutions with living wage practices regarding the process by which their institutions developed and implemented living wage policies. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection for Phase 4 is anticipated to commence in February 2019; to ensure that your institution is included in our outreach, please contact us.

Phase 5 

The Prevalence and Nature of Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education*

(anticipated Sep 2019-Aug 2020) This study provides a comprehensive and comparative analysis of living wage policies in American 4-year colleges and universities, and evaluates those policies in a publicly available database and clearinghouse for policies. Participants’ institutions will be identified in the final published study. Status: Phase 5 is anticipated to commence in September 2019, to ensure that your institution is included in our outreach, please contact us.

*Participants in Phase 2, 4, and 5 of the study are also provided (1) scoring of their living wage policy using our rubric based upon Georgetown University’s Model Just Employment Policy, and (2) access to a clearinghouse for living wage policies against which they can benchmark their own policies against other institutions.