The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

And the Award Goes to …

by Missy Kline

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.

HR and the Courts: Recent Rulings and Legislation


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. Here’s the latest from Ira.

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

by Missy Kline

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 White men; women are underrepresented in higher-paying, more prestigious positions in American colleges and universities; and minorities are underrepresented, particularly in high-level higher ed jobs, and underpaid in the majority of campus jobs. But how do these inequities intersect for women of color?

Skilled Crafts: The Next Job Boom in Higher Ed?

by Missy Kline

According to just-released findings from CUPA-HR’s 2018 Staff in Higher Education Survey, skilled crafts workers (who hold jobs like electrician, carpenter, machinist and metalworker) make up the smallest percentage of the staff workforce in higher ed institutions (at just 7 percent), but jobs in that area are growing at nearly triple the rate of office/clerical and service/maintenance positions combined.

Trump Administration Releases Spring 2018 Regulatory Agenda


On May 9, the Trump Administration released its Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan, providing the regulated public with a detailed glimpse into the regulatory policies and priorities under consideration by 59 federal departments, agencies and commissions.

Why Would Anyone Want to Do Our Job?

by Andy Brantley

Age 55 … that’s the median age of chief HR officers in higher ed. With a retirement boom looming, what are we, as HR leaders, doing to guide and mentor the early-career professionals who are a part of our HR organizations? HR in higher ed is a tough job, so it’s imperative that we take the time and the care to prepare our next round of leaders so they can take the reigns and continue to move the profession forward.

Where Is the Job Growth in Higher Ed?

by Missy Kline

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.

USCIS Updates E-Verify


According to USCIS, the improvements to the system will help users enter correct information, increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility verification process, decrease Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs), and reduce manual verifications.