The Higher Education Workplace
Vol. 8, No. 3 | Winter 2016-17

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Harnessing the Power of Big Data for Sound HR Decision Making
By Curtis Powell

Learn how Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's HR organization is using data analytics to discover relationships among workforce data, uncover options for streamlining business transactions and understand whether complex interdependencies are aligned with the strategies of the university.

Employee Resource Groups: A Key Differentiator for Organizations
By Skip Spriggs and Beatriz Cantada

With the right value proposition and other key success factors, employee resource groups can create a significant competitive advantage in business engagement, employee engagement, talent development, reputation and community outreach. In this article, you'll learn how two organizations are leveraging their ERGs.

Is Pay Compression Creating Unhappy Employees in Your Organization?
By Jim Fox and Mike Verdoorn

Pay compression can have a negative effect on morale, retention and overall organizational culture. In some cases, it can even generate legal action in the form of equal pay claims. So what can human resources professionals do to identify, resolve, reduce and prevent pay compression in their organizations?

Building HR Competencies (and Solving Problems) Through Group Think

University of Wisconsin-Madison's HR Communities of Practice office is dedicated to fostering the development of learning communities through which HR practitioners can build their knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance their work in service to the campus community. We spoke with Harry Webne-Behrman, interim director of this new office, to learn more about the communities of practice concept and how the model is being applied at UW-Madison.

Let Your Employees Flex Their Muscles: Why Strengths-Based Development Is Good for Business

Many organizations are taking a strengths-based approach to employee development, enabling their people to identify and develop talents, focus on strengths and manage around weaknesses. Read about how University of Nebraska Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources is using the strengths-based development model with its workforce.


A Word From the President and CEO


  • New EEOC Wellness Rules Kick in January 1
  • Cognitive Scaffolding for Grad Students
  • New Bloomberg BNA Repot Finds HR Professionals Have Influence at the Top of Their Organizations

Inclusion Cultivates Excellence

Rethinking Cultural Competence: The Integral Role of Strategic HR Practices

On the Hill

The New Era of Unionization at Private Universities: Changes Are Coming Post-Columbia

Wellness Works

Five Reasons Your Workplace Wellness Program Might Be Failing (and How to Get It Back on Track)

Fresh Ideas

Innovative Mentoring Program Promotes Networking, Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing: An Overview of CU Boulder's Infrastructure and Safety Mentor Program

CUPA-HR Community

All things CUPA-HR

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