The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Survey Results: Short Tenure for Higher Ed’s Top Leaders

by Missy Kline

Presidents and provosts in U.S. colleges and universities tend to change jobs frequently; in fact, administrators in higher education overall tend to have fairly short tenures, with a median of five years in their position. Data from CUPA-HR’s 2017-18 Administrators in Higher Education Survey show that presidents have been in their current position for a median of five years, and provosts have an even shorter tenure, with a median of three years in their position.

HR and the Courts: Recents Rulings and Legislation

by CUPA-HR

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Read the latest from Ira.

The Faculty Workforce Is Aging … Is the Pipeline More Diverse?

by Missy Kline

Like much of the American workforce, college and university professors are aging — the majority are between the ages of 55 and 75. As these baby boomers (who are mostly White males) near retirement, what do their successors look like? Are higher education institutions doing a good enough job of hiring more diverse faculty to complement their increasingly diverse student bodies?

5 Ways to Keep Your Time in Check and Your Projects on Track

by Missy Kline

It can seem like dozens of different tasks demand our attention at any given point, and while we may try to multitask in order to get them all done, that modus operandi typically ends up being counterproductive. In a couple of articles in a recent issue of CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine, the authors offered advice on how to cut down on distractions and avoid time sucks in order to make the most of the time you have to get things done.

Survey Results: Non-Tenure Faculty See Higher Pay Raises Than Tenure-Track Faculty

by Missy Kline

While tenure-track faculty at the nation’s colleges and universities enjoy slightly higher salaries at most ranks than do non-tenure-track faculty, those working off the tenure track are seeing bigger increases year over year than their tenure-track counterparts, according to findings from CUPA-HR’s 2017-18 Faculty in Higher Education Survey.

OFCCP Issues Directive Requiring Use of Predetermination Notices to Encourage More Transparency

by CUPA-HR

Under the new directive, all OFCCP regions are required to issue a predetermination notice (which is a letter the agency uses to inform federal contractors of preliminary findings of employment discrimination) in every compliance review in which discrimination is alleged and the contractor has not provided adequate explanations for any proposed discrimination findings.

HR and the Courts

by CUPA-HR

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira.

How to Help Hiring Managers Help Their New Employees Hit the Ground Running

by Missy Kline

As a way to help improve the new-employee experience at Baylor University, HR created a hiring manager checklist, which lays out what managers need to do before a new employee’s first day; on an employee’s first day; during week one of employment; during months three, six and seven; and at the employee’s one-year mark.

5 Ways HR Can Take the Lead on Digital Technology in Higher Ed

by CUPA-HR

In HR, digital technology can create efficiencies and provide tools to source top talent from around the world and increase productivity and engagement. Nonetheless, many organizations struggle to achieve widespread adoption of HR systems, let alone the level of engagement — or addiction —  associated with popular consumer technology. Here are five ways HR can role model digital technology usage and innovation in higher ed.