Finding Strength in Giving Back: Reflections on Higher Ed, the Pandemic and Racial Equity

February 3, 2021 12:24 pm

This blog post was contributed by Yves Salomon-Fernández, president of Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts.  As a community college president, I found this past year especially hard. As we now know from the data recently released by the National Student Clearinghouse, the community college segment within higher education suffered the worst decline in enrollment. Not... View Article

It’s Time to Take Action on Black Representation and Pay Equity in Higher Education

July 15, 2020 12:37 pm

Which of the following statements are true for higher education? Black employees are underrepresented in administrative and faculty positions, the positions with the highest pay. Most Black higher education employees are in staff positions, the positions with the lowest pay and lowest pay equity. When Black employees hold administrative positions, they are paid less relative... View Article

Being Stronger Together Means We Must Move Talk to Action

June 4, 2020 12:46 pm

Like millions of Americans, my heart aches and I have no words to adequately express my anger, my sadness or my frustration regarding the recent events that have shaken our country. Members of our national board recently shared the following questions. How do we help our campuses become stronger as a result of this turmoil?... View Article

Are You Making These Mistakes When Referring to Employees With Disabilities?

March 9, 2020 3:49 pm

“It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.” Maybe you’ve heard this common phrase. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. While this statement is somewhat true, being careless with your words can cause lasting harm. Think about this in terms of the language you use when referring to those with disabilities at your institution. One... View Article

Unique Succession and Diversity Challenges Ahead: The Aging Faculty Workforce

January 22, 2020 8:57 am

Higher ed faculty require years of education but often work beyond typical retirement ages; jobs are stable, and turnover is very low; the pipeline for new hires is fundamentally limited; and competition for positions occurs nationally. As the workforce ages, this may create unique challenges for the management of a faculty workforce. To help higher... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2019

December 9, 2019 12:22 pm

As the year quickly winds down, we hope you’ll take some time to read about some of the great work your HR colleagues are doing at colleges and universities around the country. CUPA-HR’s Higher Ed HR Magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog highlight new and innovative ways to do HR (from institutions and organizations who have been there,... View Article

OFCCP Releases New Initiatives Providing Guidance on Affirmative Action Plan Compliance for Academic Institutions

September 27, 2019 10:07 am

This blog post was contributed by Suzanne Keys and Lynn Clements of Berkshire Associates. Just in time for back-to-school, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released three new affirmative action plan (AAP)-related initiatives related to higher education institutions. Multi-Building Establishments The first initiative is a set of FAQs for organizations that have... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2018

January 3, 2019 2:58 pm

Another year down, and a new one underway! As you jump back into your work in this new year, we hope you’ll take some time to read about some of the great work your HR colleagues are doing at colleges and universities around the country. CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog highlight new and innovative... View Article

How Institutions Are Leveraging Partnerships and Education to Address Sexual Harassment and Assault on Campus

February 7, 2018 4:30 pm

The “Me Too” movement has prompted a heightened awareness of and national conversation around unequal treatment and inappropriate or criminal sexual conduct in the workplace, and many colleges and universities have strengthened their resolve to eliminate these unacceptable behaviors on their campuses. To create an environment where harassment, incivility, inequality and bias are neither welcome... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2017

January 10, 2018 8:33 pm

It’s hard to believe another year is in the books, and a new one is already underway! As you jump back into your work in this new year, we hope you’ll take some time to read about some of the great work your HR colleagues are doing at colleges and universities around the country. CUPA-HR’s... View Article

How to Set the Stage for a Successful Inclusivity Program

March 31, 2017 9:00 am

In a recent CUPA-HR webinar, presenters from the University of Waterloo shared the what, how and why of the institution’s award-winning Principles of Inclusivity certificate program, which was designed to promote a culture of inclusivity and inclusive practices throughout the university community and help faculty and staff develop mindful everyday actions and behaviors. (View the... View Article

Minorities Are Paid Equitably, But Are Underrepresented in Higher Ed Leadership

February 28, 2017 5:08 pm

While the U.S. minority population continues to grow, the number of racial/ethnic minorities holding top jobs in colleges and universities is not keeping pace. According to new research from CUPA-HR, while there has been a steady increase in the representation of minorities in higher education administrative positions over the last 15 years, the increase in... View Article

Gender Gap Persists in Higher Ed’s C-Suite

February 14, 2017 9:07 am

While women have made gains over the past 15 years with regard to their representation in higher education administrative jobs, little progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in top executive positions in the nation’s colleges and universities. In fact, according to new research from CUPA-HR, women occupy only 30 percent of the senior-most... View Article

A Look at Diversity in Higher Ed Positions

September 27, 2016 7:32 am

Yesterday at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Washington, D.C., CUPA-HR’s Director of Research Jacqueline Bichsel, Ph.D., shared the results of a longitudinal analysis of higher ed diversity in executive, administrative and professional positions. Here are a few of the highlights from her research: Bichsel found that the higher education pay gap roughly mirrors... View Article

Age Is Nothing But a Number

May 16, 2016 2:59 pm

If you’re a Millenial, what is your perception of how other generations see you? If you’re a Boomer or a Gen Xer, what are your perceptions of Millenials? Does a 20-something just starting out on his or her career journey approach work differently than a 60-something eyeing retirement? Do early-career professionals who grew up in... View Article

Celebrating Our Differences, Connecting Through Our Sameness

March 8, 2016 4:23 pm

What do you see when you look around your office? Your campus? Your community? Depending on who you are and where you are, you may see people who look, act and speak very similar to yourself, or you may see people who you perceive to be very different from you. But every single person you... View Article

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

February 3, 2016 9:14 am

Great work is being done by HR organizations at colleges and universities across the country. From innovations in processes and procedures to transformative HR work, from unique and forward-thinking diversity and inclusion initiatives to championing change, many HR organizations are successfully positioning themselves as strategic business partners and contributors to their institutions’ missions — and... View Article

5 Ways to Evolve Your Diversity Training

January 21, 2016 12:35 pm

How would your campus community rate your institution’s diversity training initiatives? Do they inspire continued dialogue and action long after class ends, or are the concepts and ideas covered in training sessions left behind when people leave the room? Are you successfully getting your message out? If you’re not seeing the desired results from your... View Article