Phases

Participants can elect to opt-in for each phase of the Living Wage Policy Study, and are provided pre-publication access to research results for each phase of the study in which they participate. This page reflects the status of each phase of the project as of June 8, 2020; data collection currently underway is indicated in blue.

  1. Publicly Available Living Wage Policies in American 4-year Colleges and Universities This study combines analysis of living wage policies on publicly available websites of four-year institutions with institutional data including academic reputations, control, financial strength, and other variables. Institutions with living wage policies will be identified in the final published study. Status: Final website data collection nearing completion.

  2. Written Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education* This study provides analysis of written living wage policies, institutional data, and surveys of Chief HR Officers in four-year institutions which have enacted written living wage policies. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Survey data are collected; summary report being prepared.

  3. Unwritten Living Wage Practices in American Higher Education This study provides analysis of interviews of Chief HR Officers in four-year institutions that have adopted unwritten living wage practices. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Interviews are completed. Summary report being prepared.


  4. Publicly Available Living Wage Policies in American Community Colleges This study combines analysis of living wage policies on publicly available websites of community colleges with relevant institutional data. Institutions with living wage policies will be identified in the final published study. Status: Collection of (secondary) website data currently underway.


  5. Written Living Wage Policies in American Community Colleges* This study provides analysis of written living wage policies, institutional data, and surveys of Chief HR Officers in public community colleges that have enacted written living wage policies. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection for this study is currently underway; to ensure that your institution is included in our outreach, please contact us.


  6. Unwritten Living Wage Practices in American Community Colleges This study provides analysis of interviews of Chief HR Officers in public community colleges that have adopted unwritten living wage practices. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection for this study is currently underway; to ensure that your institution is included in our outreach, please contact us.


  7. Case Studies: Adopting Living Wage Policies Across American Higher Education* This study provides case studies based upon analysis of interviews of Chief HR Officers in 4-year institutions and community colleges with written living wage policies regarding the process by which their institutions developed and implemented those policies. Participants’ institutions will not be identified in the final published study. Status: Data collection to commence in 2020-Q3.


  8. The Prevalence and Nature of Living Wage Policies in American Higher Education* 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: Anticipated to commence following completion of 1-3 above.


  9. The Prevalence and Nature of Living Wage Policies in American Community Colleges* This study provides a comprehensive and comparative analysis of written living wage policies in American public 2-year colleges, and evaluates those policies in a publicly available database and clearinghouse for policies. Participants’ institutions will be identified in the final published study. Status: Anticipated to commence following completion of 4-6 above.

*Participants in phases 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8 of the study are also provided (1) scoring of their living wage policy using our rubric based upon the Model Just Employment Policy at the Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University, and (2) access to a clearinghouse for living wage policies with which they can benchmark their own policies against other institutions.