CARES Act Educational Stabilization Fund — Provisions for Higher Ed

March 27, 2020 4:24 pm

The novel coronavirus is exacting tremendous strain on campuses across the country. Students are experiencing unprecedented disruption, and colleges and universities are confronting financial and operational upheaval. The resulting revenue losses could adversely impact institutional ability to sustain pay and benefits for faculty and staff. In light of this crisis, the American Council on Education... View Article

House Passes Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

March 27, 2020 2:43 pm

As COVID-19 inflicts unprecedented disruption across every sector of the economy, the unemployment insurance (UI) system is undergoing extraordinary strain. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported that 3.3 million people filed for unemployment insurance during the week that ended on March 21 — the biggest spike in unemployment filings in U.S. history. Analysts predict... View Article

4 Tips for Keeping Your Newly Remote Team Engaged

March 26, 2020 11:23 am

For most institutions, the onset of the COVID-19 crisis required rapid response on countless fronts, including moving a substantial number of employees to full- or part-time work from home. However, as the technical and logistical dust has settled, and the reality of long-term remote work has set in, many teams have wrestled with finding a... View Article

Congress Passes Emergency Bill That Will Continue Providing GI Bill Educational Assistance Benefits to Student Veterans Transitioning to Online Learning Due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020 3:42 pm

On March 19, the House of Representatives passed Senate bill S. 3503, an emergency bill that will continue providing GI bill educational assistance benefits to student veterans who have had to transition to online learning for emergencies and health-related situations such as COVID-19. CUPA-HR supported the American Council on Education (ACE) in sending a letter... View Article

Behind the Scenes: How Your HR Peers Are Managing the COVID-19 Crisis

March 18, 2020 9:14 am

Across the country, institutions are adapting to COVID-19 by exploring and implementing solutions for business continuity, as well as care of faculty, students and staff. CUPA-HR recently asked members to share what they’re doing in response to the outbreak, what workforce conversations and actions are taking place on campus, what campus communications plans have been... 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

Building the Higher Ed HR Leader Pipeline: Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders Program

February 19, 2020 11:29 am

Higher ed HR is a people-centric profession with no shortage of programs focused on developing those who are just launching their HR careers. But what about HR professionals who have assumed leadership roles at their institutions and are looking for that next opportunity to grow and engage? The goal of the Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program... View Article

Five Ways to Enhance the Onboarding Experience for Student Affairs Professionals

February 11, 2020 10:15 am

This blog post was contributed by Stephanie Hoffmann, assistant director of community standards and responsibility at Rollins College. Ensuring that student affairs professionals feel engaged with their institution, know what resources are available on and off campus and know how they can utilize their strengths can help them perform better in their roles and positively... View Article

What Should HR Professionals Know About the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak?

February 5, 2020 10:14 am

Institutions across the country are continuing to monitor the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and communicating updates with campus stakeholders on a regular basis. They are also reviewing the need to follow up with those who have traveled to China recently and to postpone study abroad programs. HR pros can provide additional support... 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

Senate Confirms New Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia

September 30, 2019 9:58 am

On September 26, the Senate voted 53 to 44 to confirm Eugene Scalia to serve as the secretary of labor at the Department of Labor (DOL). Scalia’s confirmation comes one week after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a full committee hearing on his nomination and just months after the resignation... View Article

The Higher Ed Staff Workforce Is Aging

August 28, 2019 9:00 am

With nearly one-third of the U.S. higher education staff workforce age 55 or older, the implications are many for colleges and universities. New research by CUPA-HR on the aging of the higher ed workforce highlights some challenges institutions will likely face in the coming years as staff begin to retire in large numbers. Here’s what... View Article

CUPA-HR Announces 2019 Higher Education HR Awards Recipients

May 24, 2019 11:33 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 peers.... View Article

HR, It’s Time to Start Listening

May 20, 2019 2:01 pm

“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.” ― John Wayne As HR professionals, we’re experts at listening, right? In my experience (and I’m also pointing my finger at myself), sometimes yes, and sometimes, not so much. Galen Emanuele, one of the keynote speakers at CUPA-HR’s spring conference in Seattle, encouraged us to apply the improv concept... View Article

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

April 16, 2019 12:33 pm

From diversity and inclusion efforts to people development initiatives, leading change and more, human resources teams and HR practitioners across the country are doing great work every day. CUPA-HR’s Higher Education HR Region Awards program recognizes some of the best and brightest in higher ed HR and honors HR professionals who have given their time... View Article

10 Ways to Create a Culture of Encouragement at Work

February 25, 2019 9:00 am

Editor’s note: You may have missed this article when we published it in 2016. It’s been updated in honor of Employee Appreciation Day, which occurs on March 1 this year.  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

The Recession and Its Aftermath: How Higher Ed Responded

February 12, 2019 10:27 am

Many colleges and universities, particularly master’s and doctoral institutions, have seen an increase in the numbers of part-time and adjunct faculty over the past decade — a trend that has likely been driven in part by the 2008 economic recession and institutions’ responses to financial challenges in its aftermath. New research from CUPA-HR on how... View Article

Let’s Stop Calling It Succession Planning

January 14, 2019 4:15 pm

Another provost leaves after just three years — which by the way is the median tenure for provosts — and we open yet another search. We appoint an interim (probably the same person who served as interim during the last search), bring in another search firm, dust off the job description we used just a... 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

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

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

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