HR and Student Affairs: Partnering Around Diversity and Inclusion

October 9, 2019 9:00 am

A surge in student activism in recent years has driven institutional dialogue and action on equity and inclusion issues. Many of the common concerns students raise, such as inclusive hiring and enhanced staff and faculty training, require input and leadership from human resources. What should a collaborative relationship between HR and student affairs look like... View Article

Workplace Inclusivity for People With Disabilities: Accommodating Specific Needs

October 2, 2019 9:00 am

This is part one of a two-part blog post contributed by Abby King, accommodation specialist at University of Kansas, and William Budding, HR coordinator at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine, both of whom are alumni of CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program for early-career higher ed HR professionals. Look for part two — Workplace Inclusivity for People... View Article

CUPA-HR Submits Comments in Response to NASA Harassment Reporting Requirement

September 11, 2019 9:04 am

On August 16, CUPA-HR and six other higher education associations submitted comments in response to a Federal Register notice titled “Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment or Sexual Assault.”  The notice, which was published on July 17, 2019, proposes the “implementation of new reporting requirements … to help ensure research environments to... View Article

The Diversification of the Higher Ed IT Workforce

July 24, 2019 8:30 am

While the information technology workforce in higher education is currently mostly White and male, a demographic shift could be on the horizon. According to new research from CUPA-HR on the diversity of the higher ed IT workforce, a looming retirement wave in this sector could pave the way for more women and minorities to move... View Article

House Passes Equality Act

May 28, 2019 9:00 am

On May 17, 2019, the House passed H.R. 5, the Equality Act, by a vote of 236 to 173. Eight Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill that would make employment discrimination and other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity unlawful. The bill would amend existing civil rights law — including... View Article

Which Higher Ed Workers Are Most Likely to Be Impacted by DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule?

May 15, 2019 9:28 am

The Department of Labor (DOL) in March released details of its proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s overtime pay requirements governing exemptions for executive, administrative and professional (or “white-collar”) employees. Findings from CUPA-HR’s 2019 Professionals in Higher Education Survey shed some light on which higher ed-specific professional-level positions are most likely to... View Article

Women and Minorities Lack Representation Among Highest-Paid Higher Ed Deans

April 24, 2019 8:00 am

Only 5 percent of deans of medicine in the nation’s colleges and universities are minorities. Women make up only a quarter of pharmacy deans, and only three in 10 law school deans are women. Among engineering deans, only about 20 percent are women or minorities. Just-released findings from this year’s Administrators in Higher Education Survey... View Article

ACE Report Provides Perspective on Diversity in Higher Education

March 27, 2019 10:49 am

Using data from CUPA-HR and other sources, a comprehensive report on race and ethnicity in higher education from the American Council on Education (ACE) paints a picture of an ever-diversifying student body, but a mostly White higher ed workforce. In the report, ACE notes that over the past two decades, the non-White share of undergraduates... View Article

Equality Act Reintroduced

March 25, 2019 8:40 am

On March 13, Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation which would make employment discrimination and other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity unlawful. The Equality Act of 2019 would amend existing civil rights law — including the Civil Rights Act of... View Article

Creative Partnerships: The Path to an Inclusive Campus

February 19, 2019 11:41 am

At the University of Kansas, many students and university employees climb hundreds of steps up a 400-foot incline, dubbed “The Hill,” to get to class or work. For those with mobility issues, however, this incline presents a challenging navigational puzzle. When Catherine E. Johnson joined the university as the director of the ADA Resource Center... View Article

A Snapshot of the Workforce at Community and Technical Colleges

December 12, 2018 9:50 am

Community and technical colleges serve an important role in the U.S. higher education system. They are often an option for students who need skills development or training for specific jobs in their community; who need a more affordable college option; who want to test the waters of a college education before committing to a four-year... View Article

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

November 8, 2018 11:30 am

This blog post was contributed by Drexel King, manager of learning and development at Baylor University and alumnus of CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program for early-career higher ed HR professionals. 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.... View Article

Student Affairs: Ahead of the Curve on Workforce Diversity and Pay Equity

October 29, 2018 11:18 am

Student affairs has one of the most diverse workforces on college and university campuses today, particularly as it relates to women and African Americans in leadership positions. Student affairs is also exemplary for pay equity compared to the rest of higher education. According to findings from CUPA-HR’s just-released research report Focus on Student Affairs, 2018:... View Article

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

October 26, 2018 2:12 pm

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. The passenger indicated at the time of her reservation that she would be traveling with an emotional support animal but failed to disclose it was a squirrel... View Article

HR’s Role in Balancing Free Speech and Inclusivity

October 9, 2018 3:34 pm

Results of a recent survey of college and university presidents conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) show that half of all presidents surveyed rely on their chief HR officer to weigh in when setting institutional policy related to campus inclusion and free speech. And 30 percent of presidents said they rely on HR... View Article

4 Ways to Mitigate Risk Related to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment on Campus

September 27, 2018 11:33 am

When it comes to creating a safe, inclusive, equitable campus, culture is the bottom line. But changing the culture and transforming the mindset of an enterprise as large and complex and multifaceted as a higher education institution certainly doesn’t happen overnight — it’s a slow and steady journey. While helping their colleges and universities navigate... View Article

Underpaid and Underrepresented: Women of Color in the Higher Ed Workforce

June 7, 2018 9:00 am

“Intersectionality” – the combination of discrimination or bias experienced by individuals with overlapping identities, each of which is associated with discrimination on its own. Research has shown that women and minorities each face their own challenges related to equal pay and representation in the higher ed workforce — women working in higher ed leadership earn less than... View Article

Strategies for Eliminating Sexual Harassment in Higher Ed (and It’s Not Simply More Training)

January 19, 2018 5:01 pm

“Philosopher Accused of Sexual Misconduct” “Former Sports Doctor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault” “Title IX Complaints Filed Against Creative-Writing Professor” “Fifteen Students and Post Docs Issue Statement That Three Professors Created a Hostile Academic Environment in Which Sexual Harassment Is Normalized” “Reports of Sexism in a University Academic Department” “Tenured Professor Sexually Harassed Graduate Student... View Article