The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

A Snapshot of the Workforce at Community and Technical Colleges

by CUPA-HR

In an attempt to meet the needs of their unique student body and in response to the challenges they face in managing budgets cuts, managing shifting enrollments and maintaining their identity and mission, associate’s institutions differ from other institution types in the composition of their workforce, the benefits they offer, and the representation and pay of women and minorities. CUPA-HR’s newest research brief, A Snapshot of the Staff Workforce in Community and Technical Colleges, highlights some of these differences.

HR and the Courts: Recent 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.

How to Help Employees Attend to Their Health and Wellness During the Holidays

by Sissy Meredith

While the holiday season may be a time for celebration, it can also be incredibly stressful. A recent survey by Accountemps found that while 51 percent of workers were happier during the holiday season, 35 percent said they were more stressed this time of year. How can organizations help their employees be mindful of and attend to their health and wellbeing not only during the hectic times, but year-round?

Higher Ed Responds to Growing Mental Health Needs by Adding More Counselors on Campus

by Missy Kline

Data from CUPA-HR’s newest research report show that compared to the overall 7 percent growth rate for student affairs positions in higher ed, the number of student counselors has increased 10 percent, and the number of student counseling psychologists has increased 8 percent from 2016-17 to 2017-18. In contrast, the number of student career counselor positions has only increased 2 percent.

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. Read the latest from Ira.

Veterans in the Higher Ed Workforce: Insights From Veterans and Hiring Managers

by CUPA-HR

Transitioning to a new job can be tough for many people, but this transition can be especially difficult for the nearly 300,000 veterans that enter the U.S. workforce each year. According to recent research, nearly half of all veterans leave their first post-military job within a year, and between 60 percent and 80 percent leave before their second work anniversary. As hiring managers, supervisors and HR professionals, we are in a unique position to help ease the transition for veterans joining our workforces, thereby increasing the odds that they’ll stay.

National Science Foundation Issues New Harassment Reporting Requirement

by CUPA-HR

Under the new requirement, institutions that have been awarded grants (nearly 2,000 colleges and universities) must notify NSF within 10 days of any findings or determinations that any NSF-funded principal or co-principal investigator (PI) violated the law or the institution’s policies with respect to harassment, including sexual harassment or assault, or if the institution has taken administrative actions or sanctions against the PI or co-PI because of alleged harassment.

Let’s Talk About the Emotional Support Squirrel in the Room

by Amanda Davis

Several major news outlets covered the recent kerfuffle of a Frontier Airlines passenger attempting to fly out of Orlando, Florida, with her emotional support squirrel seated with her. These kinds of incidents raise questions about the policies colleges and universities have in place to address service animals and emotional support animals on campus.

Simple Metrics: How to Use Compa-Ratios to Guide Compensation Decisions

by Adam Pritchard

A comparison ratio (compa-ratio for short) is one of the most common metrics for pay. Simply stated, a compa-ratio compares an individual employee’s salary to the midpoint of a given salary range. This easy-to-calculate statistic can be used in many ways to guide decisions about compensation on your campus.