The past month has been a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty. Although I have no idea what the new normal is, or when we will know it has arrived, there are encouraging signs everywhere about people helping each other through this situation. Those signs help make me even more hopeful about the future.
The COVID-19 situation has affected everyone’s lives and work in some way, and my own work is no exception. Originally I planned to distribute the summary of preliminary results from the recently completed survey last week. Unfortunately that summary will not be available until later in May. I’ll be distributing the summary document to participants via email and posting word of it here.
Greetings! This’ll be brief, touching on three things…
First, some huge and heartfelt thanks to the hundreds (!) of institutions that completed the survey during what is a very busy time of year. It is impossible for me — or anyone — to conduct this research unless busy CHROs and their staffs make the time to provide me the needed data. I appreciate your time more than I can express. I’m beginning my data analysis this week; if you participated in the study, you can expect to receive my summary report of preliminary (i.e., pre-publication) findings by the end of March.
Second, while the published closing date for the survey has passed, I’m holding the survey open for as long as I can for anyone who was unable to complete it by last Friday. The survey link I sent you via email will still work. If you need the link resent — or want me to send it to a colleague to complete the survey for your institution — please simply drop me a note at email@example.com or call 610.660.2112.
Third, I’ll also be in touch soon by email and phone with three groups of people regarding:
Completion. Before I can begin my analysis of the data, there’s the important step of cleaning and verifying the data. For a handful of surveys, a response may be missing or incomplete. I’ll be engaged in some outreach to see if we can make those surveys “complete” and make the resulting data usable.
Clarification. For a handful of public institutions that are part of multi-institution systems, I’ll be in touch to clarify which wage policies/practices are centralized and which are decentralized.
Collection. I’ll be following up with CHROs in a couple of groups of institutions in which I have heightened interest, as I am trying to get as close as possible to 100% participation — as my reviewers of an earlier manuscript requested!
Each of the above shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes at most. Thanks in advance for your help.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com.
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!