The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

A New Normal for Higher Ed

by Andy Brantley

Many colleges and universities are facing the challenge of a “new normal” as the number of traditional college-aged students continues to shrink as we approach the 2025 higher ed enrollment cliff. What can HR do now to help their institutions prepare for and address the challenges related to fewer students on campus?

HR and the Courts


CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard highlights some recent rulings around First Amendment free speech, Equal Pay Act and sex discrimination violations, ADA violations and a flawed sexual harassment investigation.

Are You Prepared in the Event of a Disaster?

by Sissy Meredith

The start of the fall semester is already a busy time for colleges and universities around the country, but throw in the mix an unforeseen circumstance, like a natural disaster, and it can wreak havoc on a campus community. And while there is never a sure-fire way to completely prepare for the unknown, what you can do is have a plan in place.

The Higher Ed Staff Workforce Is Aging

by Missy Kline

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.

OFCCP Issues New FAQs on Student Workers


In a recent series of FAQs, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs explains whether academic institutions should include student workers in their affirmative action plans and provides guidance regarding who is considered a student worker.

HR and the Courts


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.

5 Ways Technology Can Help Humanize Contingent Faculty Hiring


While contingent workers are vital players in the higher ed landscape, they are often subject to unstable, grueling working arrangements. With 73 percent of all faculty positions now off the tenure track, it’s imperative for institutions to support this growing cohort.

Executive Compensation and the Excise Tax – What You Need to Know


The Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 imposes a 21 percent excise tax on applicable tax-exempt organizations that pay a covered employee in excess of $1 million or an excess parachute payment. Here’s what higher ed institutions need to know and do to comply.