The Faculty Workforce Is Aging … Is the Pipeline More Diverse?

April 11, 2018 10:00 am

Like much of the American workforce, college and university professors are aging — the majority are between the ages of 55 and 75. As these baby boomers (who are mostly White males) near retirement, what do their successors look like? Are higher education institutions doing a good enough job of hiring more diverse faculty to... View Article

Adjuncts in Higher Ed: The Big Picture

October 3, 2017 3:08 pm

We know the faculty model in higher ed is changing, with adjuncts (part-time faculty) making up more and more of the faculty workforce in institutions across the country. But what does the big picture look like in terms of adjunct numbers, bargaining power and pay? Data from last year’s CUPA-HR faculty salary surveys tell the... View Article

Top Disciplines for New Faculty Hires in Higher Ed

April 5, 2017 9:00 am

According to data from CUPA-HR’s Faculty and Department Heads in Higher Education Salary Survey, the hottest disciplines for new faculty hires in higher ed are nursing, psychology and English language/literature. Mathematics and music round out the top five.   Other Findings: Racial/ethnic minority tenure-track faculty are paid equitably at all ranks, but the representation of... View Article

Higher Ed Presidents Seeing More Take-Home Pay, But Fewer Perks

March 14, 2017 9:00 am

CUPA-HR’s 2017 Administrators in Higher Education Salary Report has been released, and data show that while salaries for college and university administrators increased this academic year, many saw cuts to their executive-only perks. Higher ed administrators saw an average median base salary increase of 2.2 percent over last year. The percentage of institutions providing full... View Article

Why and How One University Hit the Reset Button on Performance Management

February 24, 2017 9:00 am

Performance reviews in the vast majority of organizations follow this trajectory: setting objectives, feedback, manager assessment and rating, consensus meeting, salary/bonus decisions. But does this process really work? Is it efficient? Is it consistent across the organization? Is it viewed as a value-add? Most employees would answer with a resounding “no.” So what’s the solution?... View Article

The Countdown Is On – New Overtime Rule Goes Into Effect December 1

November 1, 2016 9:30 am

Update: On November 22, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the overtime rule, meaning the rule will not go into effect on December 1.  With less than 30 days left until the rule raising the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exempt salary threshold to $47,476 takes... View Article

DOL Issues Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

October 7, 2016 11:42 am

On September 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 (EO) requiring federal contractors and subcontractors working on or in connection with covered contracts to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. Although DOL has made some minor revisions to the proposed rule, the... View Article

A Look at Diversity in Higher Ed Positions

September 27, 2016 7:32 am

Yesterday at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Washington, D.C., CUPA-HR’s Director of Research Jacqueline Bichsel, Ph.D., shared the results of a longitudinal analysis of higher ed diversity in executive, administrative and professional positions. Here are a few of the highlights from her research: Bichsel found that the higher education pay gap roughly mirrors... View Article

How to Use Benchmarking to Ensure Competitive Pay for Faculty

September 15, 2016 9:00 am

Benchmark (v.): Evaluate, check, or measure (something) against a standard. One of the best strategies higher ed institutions can use to attract and retain talented, top-tier faculty is to offer competitive pay. And one of the best ways to ensure your institution is offering competitive pay is to benchmark that pay against other institutions. Benchmarking faculty... View Article

All Things FLSA Overtime

May 24, 2016 9:00 am

Updated July 6, 2016 On May 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule on overtime eligibility, raising the minimum salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. Employers must be in compliance by December 1 of this year, which leaves very little time for what’s sure to be a lot of work. If you’re... View Article

FLSA Overtime Regulations – What Are the Top Concerns for Higher Ed?

February 24, 2016 8:47 am

The February 16 webinar, “FLSA Overtime: How, When and Why to Prepare,” was the largest in CUPA-HR history. With 1,884 sites logged in and 2,500+ participating, the topic is obviously top of mind for all of us in higher ed HR. Presenters provided background information regarding the proposed changes to the overtime regulations and specific... View Article

CUPA-HR Meets With Treasury to Discuss Treatment of Student Workers Under ACA’s Employer Mandate

February 22, 2016 11:09 am

On February 17, CUPA-HR and the American Council on Education, along with other higher ed associations, met with the U.S. Department of Treasury to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate as it relates to student workers in colleges and universities. February’s meeting was a follow-up to a January 2015 conversation... View Article

FLSA Overtime: How, When and Why to Prepare

January 26, 2016 3:25 pm

In preparation for the pending FLSA overtime announcement, CUPA-HR will be hosting a 90-minute webinar on February 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Developed in partnership with Sibson Consulting and several higher ed HR practitioners from across the country, the webinar will focus on the dynamic challenges higher ed institutions face in responding to the proposed... View Article

Show Them the Money: An Approach to Faculty Salary Adjustments

September 28, 2015 3:30 pm

After years of providing less-than-competitive salaries for faculty, the University of Montevallo recently set out on an endeavor that included collaboration among the finance, academic affairs and human resources departments to improve salaries for its faculty. Faculty salary data in the 2011-12 academic year for the state of Alabama indicated that Montevallo was seriously behind... View Article

4 Ways to Improve Compensation Satisfaction in Your Organization

August 12, 2015 3:38 pm

Are there grumblings at your institution about pay? Water-cooler talk lamenting a lack of raises, perceived inequities or other compensation-related issues? If yours is like the majority of organizations, the answer is probably “yes.” But how much of that chatter is based on fact and how much is born from speculation? Robin Kegerise and Jim... View Article

The Nuts and Bolts of a Pay-for-Performance Strategy

May 27, 2015 3:50 pm

When leadership at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) charged human resources a few years ago with creating a new strategy for rewards and recognition, there was one clear mandate — no more across-the-board pay increases. With that direction and a pool of dollars allocated to fund five years of merit increases, HR set out to... View Article

Does Your Total Rewards Strategy Need a Tune-Up?

May 18, 2015 4:00 pm

Compensation, recognition and rewards, professional development, benefits – all are important components of a total rewards package. Done right, an organization’s total rewards strategy can be a powerful driver for recruitment and retention. When employees feel cared about and looked after by their employer, when they feel valued and appreciated, they tend to be more... View Article

2015 Snapshot: Women in Higher Ed Leadership

March 10, 2015 4:13 pm

Would it surprise you to hear that 72% of chief HR officers at colleges and universities are women? Or that the median salary for women in the chief HR position is 90% of the median salary for men in the same position? Because March is Women’s History Month, we thought we’d take a closer look... View Article

How Can HR Help Inform Executive Compensation Decisions?

November 14, 2014 1:20 pm

There has been no shortage of news stories over the past few years about university presidents who receive large paychecks. In fact, many presidential salaries are a source of controversy, both within their campus communities and the public at large. There was a time not too long ago that a university leader’s pay was a... View Article

Lessons From a Compensation Structure Overhaul

October 20, 2014 12:39 pm

An outdated salary schedule, entry-level salaries that are out of sync with the market, and more than 1,000 different job titles that make equity comparisons next to impossible. Sound like a compensation challenge too tough to overcome? Think again. In a packed session at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014 in San Antonio, Texas last month,... View Article