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

Navigating “Stuff:” 5 Strategies for Diffusing Organizational Noise

October 8, 2018 4:30 pm

How often does “stuff” ruin your workday? Stuff like people’s propensity to complain about anything and everything; petty squabbling or personality conflicts; miscommunication; misunderstanding; mistakes. This is the stuff that gets on people’s nerves. The stuff that makes people angry. The stuff that is distracting and disruptive to people’s daily psyche. So how can we... View Article

And the Award Goes to …

June 13, 2018 9:00 am

Each year, CUPA-HR’s Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor individuals, teams and institutions that are doing outstanding and innovative work around advancing diversity and inclusion in higher ed, elevating the HR role on campus, furthering the higher ed HR profession, and giving selflessly of their time and talents to CUPA-HR and their higher ed HR... 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

Skilled Crafts: The Next Job Boom in Higher Ed?

June 4, 2018 9:00 am

Among staff-level jobs in the nation’s colleges and universities, the skilled crafts area is growing markedly, while current skilled crafts workers are nearing retirement — making a hiring boom likely within the next decade. According to just-released findings from CUPA-HR’s 2018 Staff in Higher Education Survey, skilled crafts workers (who hold jobs like electrician, carpenter,... View Article

Why Would Anyone Want to Do Our Job?

May 23, 2018 9:00 am

During the years that I was the chief HR officer at the University of Georgia, my sons, Josh and Caleb, were in middle school. One night at dinner, we were having the typical conversation during which I (as the parent) was trying to pry tidbits of information from them regarding what they did at school,... View Article

Where Is the Job Growth in Higher Ed?

May 14, 2018 8:30 am

While the employment of professionals in higher education saw an overall increase of 7 percent and grew in all areas over the past year, two areas — “other education” and “safety” — grew at a substantially faster clip than all the rest. According to just-released findings from CUPA-HR’s 2018 Professionals in Higher Education Survey, while... View Article

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

April 9, 2018 10:00 am

How often do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do? How often do you get in the groove of a project or task, only to be interrupted by an office drop-by, an incoming phone call, an “urgent” email, or a beep, buzz or chime on... View Article

5 Ways to Celebrate Digital Learning Day

February 20, 2018 9:00 am

Ever-evolving technology and near-constant digital innovations are changing the landscape of teaching and learning — in our K-12 classrooms, in our colleges and universities, in our workplaces and in our everyday lives. Digital Learning Day, coming up on February 22, was started in 2012 as a way to actively spread innovative teaching practices and ensure... View Article

Ever-Changing Higher Ed Leads to Update of CUPA-HR’s Strategic Priorities, Values and Code of Ethics

January 30, 2018 11:20 am

CUPA-HR’s strategic priorities were last updated in 2011, and our values and ethics statements were last updated over a decade ago. With the ever-changing needs in today’s complex higher education landscape, it is important to periodically review our priorities, our values, and the ethics that guide our work to ensure their relevance and their impact.... View Article

4 Tech Trends to Incorporate Into Your HR Communications Strategy

November 13, 2017 4:19 pm

With the dizzying pace of change in human resources these days, the need to capture employees’ attention and spur them to action has never been greater. At the same time, the distractions of our connected world are increasing exponentially. In the article “Step Up Your HR Communications Game: What the Latest Technologies Can Do for... View Article

A Proactive Approach to Communicating HR Project Needs to IT

October 11, 2017 2:00 am

The bond between HR and technology has not always been a strong one. After all, HR is people-oriented, and technical lingo might seem like gibberish to those of us who engage with human beings more often than our computer screens. So how can you successfully communicate your project needs to IT when you’re having trouble... View Article

Cheryl Stanton Nominated to Serve as Wage and Hour Administrator

September 8, 2017 9:00 am

President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Cheryl Stanton as the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour administrator. Stanton, who currently serves as the executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW), held multiple White House roles under President George W. Bush, serving as the White House’s principal legal liaison to DOL,... View Article

A Fresh Perspective: Introducing Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders

August 22, 2017 1:53 pm

Pictured (left to right): Erik Smetana, University of Missouri System Administration; Lauren A. Rubitz, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Darrell Easley, Mississippi State University; Kenneth Nelson, University of Colorado Boulder; Marc Serrett, South Dakota State University; Shanna Hines, Bates College Six CUPA-HR members have been selected to participate in the 2017-18 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program.... View Article

Plan, Stretch, Connect: How Six Early-Career HR Professionals Are Developing Professionally in Higher Ed

July 26, 2017 8:30 am

Six early-career professionals who are participants in CUPA-HR’s 2017-18 Wildfire program — Shamika Patterson, Tapiwanashe Nhundu, Chris Roediger, Thuy Nguyen, Heather Butterfield and Drexel King — joined nearly 200 individuals July 13-16 in Tempe, Arizona, for the Association Leadership Program (ALP), an annual gathering of CUPA-HR leaders from the chapter, regional and national levels, corporate... View Article

NLRB Nominees Win Committee Approval

July 24, 2017 9:11 am

On July 19, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) favorably reported out President Trump’s nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to be members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Approved in a 12-11 vote along party lines, Kaplan’s and Emanuel’s nominations now advance to the full Senate for consideration.... View Article

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

June 13, 2017 4:51 pm

Great work is being done by HR organizations and HR professionals 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’... View Article

CUPA-HR Members Meet With Lawmakers in First-Ever “Day on the Hill” Event

May 25, 2017 2:47 pm

On May 17, CUPA-HR hosted its inaugural “Day on the Hill” event, during which 24 members headed to Capitol Hill to promote and advocate for key higher ed HR policy priorities. With a healthy mix of institutions represented (large public universities, community colleges and small private universities from within the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania... View Article

Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Wins Committee Approval

April 3, 2017 11:35 am

On March 30, the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) favorably reported out the nomination of President Trump’s choice for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta. Approved in a 12-11 vote along party lines, Acosta’s nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration. The Committee’s vote comes a month and a half... View Article

Confirmation Hearings Continue for Trump’s Cabinet Picks

February 9, 2017 10:34 am

The 115th Congress continues to move forward with the confirmation process for President Trump’s nominees. The president has announced 24 individuals that will make up his cabinet, including heads of key federal agencies. Fourteen of these nominees have either just concluded or still face confirmation hearings by the Senate committee of jurisdiction for their designated post and... View Article

A New Year, a New Administration and a New Congress

January 19, 2017 9:00 am

Congress convened on January 3 to usher in the 115th Congress and begin immediate work in an effort to deliver on election promises. With Republican majorities in both houses, an incoming Republican administration and one of the busiest Congressional calendars in years, 2017 promises to be an action-packed year that will bring much change. To... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2016

January 10, 2017 8:20 am

Another year ends, another year begins! We hope you had a productive and enjoyable 2016. As you jump back in to your work in this new year, don’t forget to take advantage of CUPA-HR’s many resources and services to help you do your job better, faster and smarter. CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine and... View Article

3 Ways to Make Your Performance Management Process More Effective

November 30, 2016 9:39 am

If you were to poll a random number of employees about your organization’s performance management process, what do you think they’d say? Chances are, they’d lament that it is not helpful, that it’s just one of those “must-do” tasks or that it doesn’t add value to their work. But don’t fret — you’re not alone!... View Article

The Bullying Effect: Costs and Consequences to an Organization

September 28, 2016 10:00 am

Remember that bully on the playground in middle school? The one that picked on his classmates? The one that gossiped and spread rumors about her “friends”? The one that made his peers’ lives miserable? That bully is all grown up now, and he’s in your workplace. In her session at this year’s CUPA-HR Annual Conference,... View Article

10 Ways to Create a Culture of Encouragement at Work

September 19, 2016 9:30 am

This post was contributed by Becky Carter, HR specialist, and Carol Ott Schacht, leadership consultant and Ph.D. graduate research assistant, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UNL-IANR). Encouragement is essential for employees to feel valued and engaged in the workplace, and leaders and supervisors should always be looking for ways in which... View Article

What to Expect From Congress During This (Short) Session

September 13, 2016 2:16 pm

On September 6, Congress returned from a seven-week recess with a long list of possible legislative actions — and a very small window of time to complete them. There are only a handful of scheduled legislative days left until Congress returns home again for the final campaign push ahead of the November elections, yet important... View Article

Resolving Workplace Conflict at the Ground Floor

September 6, 2016 3:32 pm

Think about the many different work styles, personality types, viewpoints and temperaments in your organization. Now add to that mix competing ideas, workplace stress, ego and pride, and it’s easy to see how coworkers can butt heads. While many workplace disagreements are either intentionally resolved or simply fizzle out on their own over time, others... View Article

Clinton v. Trump Workforce Policy

August 8, 2016 9:00 am

The upcoming election promises to fuel both federal and local interest in workforce regulation, as the leading candidates from both parties have focused their campaigns addressing inequality through a variety of measures, including changes to the laws governing the workforce. Indeed, while Mr. Trump has yet to release many details on his specific policy proposals,... View Article

The Journey Begins for Six Early-Career Higher Ed HR Pros

July 21, 2016 3:05 pm

Do you remember when you were first starting out on your higher ed HR career path? Maybe you were fresh out of college, or maybe you worked in the private sector before making the leap to higher education. Maybe a job in human resources was your plan all along, or maybe you just fell into... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: First Amendment

June 14, 2016 7:11 am

Are you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right! The Case: First Amendment – Epstein v. Suffolk Community College (E.D.N.Y. 2:14-CV-00937) The Facts: Supreme Court Rule –... View Article

How to Bring the Fun at Work

May 12, 2016 4:16 pm

When was the last time you had honest-to-goodness fun at work? I’m talking tell-your-family-and-friends fun. Think-about-it-afterward-and-smile fun. Mentally-check-out-and-enjoy-the-moment fun. If you can’t recall the last time your team, department or office had fun as a group, it’s definitely been too long! For too many employees, work can be like groundhog day. Same tasks, same meetings,... View Article

Small Victories – It’s Why I Do What I Do

May 3, 2016 12:34 pm

This blog post was contributed by John Martin, associate director of client services at Princeton University and chair and treasurer of the CUPA-HR Eastern Region board of directors. I recently did some training for one of my client groups on campus and as we were preparing to begin, I heard one of the employees say... View Article

Get People Talking – How to Effectively Facilitate Dialogue

April 6, 2016 9:10 am

This blog post was contributed by Mary Anne Berzins, assistant vice president for human resources at University of Utah, who has presented extensively on the topic of facilitation skills.  The ability to facilitate dialogue and create spaces in which people can engage and share perspectives is a key HR competency; however, it can be challenging... View Article

Celebrate Digital Learning Day and Use Technology to Learn Every Day

February 9, 2016 10:17 am

It seems like these days there’s a “day” for everything: National Cheeseburger Day (September 18), Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), World Introvert Day (January 2) … the list goes on. While these days have varying importance depending on who you talk to, there is one day we hope you’ll join us in celebrating... View Article

Struggling With I-9 Forms?

July 1, 2013 3:59 pm

Effective May 7, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires the use of a new I-9 Form to verify the identity and employment authorization of those hired to work in the United States. Frequently higher ed HR professionals are challenged with how to complete the I-9 process for employees who can’t come to campus... View Article