The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

3 Steps HR Can Take Now to Help Address Declining Enrollment


In a recent CUPA-HR webinar, John Whelan, vice president for human resources at Indiana University, shared excellent advice on this topic, including three proactive steps HR can take now to help lessen the impact of the enrollment cliff.

Congress Explores “Name, Image, Likeness” Compensation for Intercollegiate Athletes


On February 11, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled, “Name, Image, and Likeness: The State of Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation.” The hearing was intended to “examine ongoing issues that surround compensating collegiate athletes for the use of their name, image and likeness.”

HR and the Courts


CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard highlights some recent rulings around gender-based salary discrimination claims, the NLRB’s jurisdiction over church-operated schools, tenure denial for a Harvard professor and more.

Five Ways to Enhance the Onboarding Experience for Student Affairs Professionals


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 influence the academic lives of students. Read about five ways Rollins College has transformed the onboarding experience for student affairs staff that you can apply at your institution.

What Should HR Professionals Know About the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak?


HR pros can provide support by being well-versed in policies related to telecommuting, leave and confidentiality; making sure accurate information is being shared along with new developments; and eradicating discrimination toward those who hail from countries where the outbreak is occurring.

A Comprehensive Look Into the Well-Being of Higher Ed Employees

by Jill Thompson

Well-being is made up of more than physical health. Mental, emotional, even financial health all play into well-being, and an imbalance in any one of these components among the higher ed workforce could cause a wrinkle in daily operations and interrupt productivity. So how are higher ed institutions providing employees with programs and resources to enhance their overall well-being?

House Committee Holds Markup on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act


On January 14, the House and Education and Labor Committee held a markup and voted on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The bill, introduced in May 2019 by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide “reasonable accommodations” to pregnant workers, workers who just had a child, or those with related medical conditions unless the accommodation would cause “undue hardship” for the employer.