Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date April 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.05 / 5.00 Jeff Murphy
Facilities Business Manager
Facilities/Physical Plant
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
3,564.30

Full-time equivalent of employees:
982.10

Has the institution gathered data about student commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
96

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:
Wesleyan's student population is nearly entirely residential, with primarily only graduate students commuting.
Campus is walkable and bikeable. In 2018, a Wesleyan student conducted a survey of students (n=212, approximately a 7 percent response rate), faculty (n=17), and staff (n=33). Of student responses, 12% (25 students) indicated they have a car on campus. Wesleyan has not explicitly conducted a survey of student commuting habits on-campus, but the study did collect data on-off-campus commuting habits (to get home for breaks, get off-campus).

Data below is extrapolated from historic Sightlines assumptions of rate of on-campus student SOV travel.

Has the institution gathered data about employee commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
26.80

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:
Data is estimated from an inventory of employee zip codes and a 2017 survey, with the assumption that most employees are driving to work as of Fall 2022. Since 2020 Wesleyan has permitted telecommuting if employees register with HR; 6.8% of employees now do so 50% or more days in the week (we assume that all of those individuals were driving historically).

Percentage of students and employees that use the following as their primary mode of transportation:
Percentage of students (0-100) Percentage of employees (0-100)
Single-occupancy vehicle 4 70.20
Zero-emissions vehicle 0 3
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 94.50 17
Vanpool or carpool 0 2
Public transport or campus shuttle 1 0.50
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0.50 0.50
Distance education / telecommute 0 6.80

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Student and employee EVs are an estimate from Public Safety, which registers vehicles but does not track whether they are electric vehicles or gasoline.

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