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 Butterfiled 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

10 Ways to Create a Culture of Encouragement at Work

September 19, 2016 9:30 am

This post was contributed by Becky Carter, HR specialist, and Carol Ott Schacht, leadership consultant and Ph.D. graduate research assistant, from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UNL-IANR). 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

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

Celebrate Digital Learning Day and Use Technology to Learn Every Day

February 9, 2016 10:17 am

It seems like these days there’s a “day” for everything: National Cheeseburger Day (September 18), Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), World Introvert Day (January 2) … the list goes on. While these days have varying importance depending on who you talk to, there is one day we hope you’ll join us in celebrating... View Article

15 Great Reads of 2015

December 2, 2015 11:26 am

Can you believe there are only four weeks left in the year? (Keep calm and take deep breaths!) It’s been a busy one here at the CUPA-HR national office, and we know you too have been going like gangbusters. Hopefully you’ve been able to use some of CUPA-HR’s many resources and services to help you... View Article

Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – November 2015

November 4, 2015 12:53 pm

If it’s been a while since you visited CUPA-HR’s Knowledge Center, pop on over and take a look! We’ve added several new toolkits, and every few months we refresh the home page with timely and hot topics. Here are the topics currently highlighted on the Knowledge Center home page: Drug Use in the Workplace Reports... View Article

9 Competencies HR Pros Need in Order to Deliver Business Value

November 3, 2015 2:21 pm

As an HR professional, what knowledge, skills and abilities make you successful? What strengths help you contribute to your organization’s or institution’s mission, vision, values and goals? What traits enable you to add value and remain relevant? What collective skills must an HR organization possess in order to be effective in driving people strategy and... View Article

5 Ways to Drive Organizational Change

October 16, 2015 9:00 am

Are the policies and practices at your organization in dire need of updates to make them more relevant, applicable and inclusive for your current workforce? If you answered “yes,” it may be time to start a revolution in your workplace. In the CUPA-HR Annual Conference session entitled, “What Kind of Revolution Shall We Start Today?... View Article

Highlights From the 2015 Annual Conference in Orlando

October 6, 2015 2:53 pm

More than 900 higher ed HR pros from all 50 states and nine countries gathered in Orlando, Florida, last week for learning, connecting and inspiration (and maybe a little playing, too!) at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2015. Here are some highlights from our time together. A Diverse Workforce Is Vital to Institutional Success... View Article

3 Tips for Flexible Performance Management

September 29, 2015 2:55 pm

University of Utah recently put in place a requirement for annual performance reviews for all staff. In order to streamline the process and create strategic alignment, human resources designed an online performance management system. Jeff Herring, chief HR officer at University of Utah, and Andrea Brown-Christensen, the university’s director of service delivery, shared with CUPA-HR... View Article

6 Steps to Team Problem-Solving From Start to Finish

September 29, 2015 11:45 am

In their session “Getting the Band to the Show When the Bus Breaks Down: A Team Problem-Solving Strategy for Managers” at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2015, California Institute of Technology’s April Castañeda, executive director of human resources, and Susan Conner, director of employee and organizational development, shared six simple steps to tackle organizational... View Article

What to Expect When the OCR Investigates

September 29, 2015 8:26 am

The last thing Karen Briggs, associate vice president and chief human resources officer at San Diego University, expected the institution to receive was an investigation notice from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Yet, that’s exactly what happened last spring.

CUPA-HR Submits Comments on “Blacklisting” Regulations

August 27, 2015 1:56 pm

On August 26, CUPA-HR submitted joint comments with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in response to the government’s proposed “blacklisting” rule for federal government contractors, which was published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2015. The proposal would require federal contractors and those bidding on contracts to disclose, on a biannual basis,... View Article

Lessons Learned From Implementing a Homegrown Performance Management System

August 27, 2015 10:55 am

Helping our organizations manage performance is an important part of what we do as HR professionals. Organizational leaders look to us to provide direction, guidance and oversight for the performance management process. And with more and more organizations moving to competency-based performance appraisals, many of us are having to take a fresh look at our... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: First Amendment

July 22, 2015 9:23 am

Whether “HR legal expert” is already on your list of mastered HR competencies or you’re working to get it there, here’s a real court case that will test your HR legal knowledge and risk management acumen on the First Amendment. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out... View Article

Student Success — It’s HR’s Job Too

July 8, 2015 9:15 am

Every business is about the bottom line. And every individual in an organization is responsible for helping that organization meet its bottom line. For higher ed, the bottom line is student success. While lots of individuals working in higher ed make very visible contributions to student success on a daily basis — professors, financial aid... View Article

Selling and Influencing – All in a Day’s Work (Yes, Even in HR!)

July 1, 2015 10:09 am

An HR pro is lots of things … but a salesperson? An influencer? A mover and shaker? Best-selling author and business analyst Daniel Pink says, “Absolutely!” Pink has written extensively on business, work and behavior, and the interconnectedness of it all. His latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, examines... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Age Discrimination

July 1, 2015 9:07 am

Are you looking to add “HR legal expert” to your resume? Here’s a real court case that will 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: “New Blood” Age Discrimination — Allain v. University of Louisiana System... View Article

When You Care Enough to Send a Card

June 11, 2015 8:06 am

Who doesn’t love getting a card in the mail? The hand-addressed envelope, the real stamp in the corner, the excitement of what might be inside — a treasure in the midst of a stack of bills, junk mail and advertisements. If you’re like me, before you even open it, your day is made a little... View Article

CUPA-HR Testifies Before Joint Committee on ACA Issues

June 3, 2015 3:13 pm

Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s employer mandate does not specifically exclude most student workers, it poses a dilemma for colleges and universities. If they offer employee healthcare benefits to student workers, institutions will incur substantial increases in administrative load, costs and liabilities that will ultimately increase tuition costs. If they don’t offer employee healthcare... View Article

Best Practices for a Workplace Financial Education Program

June 3, 2015 10:26 am

What stresses you out the most? If you’re like the majority of Americans, it’s money. From healthcare costs to saving for retirement to sending your kids to college and paying off debt, money worries are a near constant for most people. And we all know the toll that stress and anxiety can take on our... View Article

Mapping Out a Plan for a Career in Higher Ed HR

May 28, 2015 5:13 pm

Where are you on your higher ed HR career path? Perhaps you’re just starting out — maybe you’re in an entry-level position or in your first or second job out of college. Or maybe you’re several years in and working your way up the ranks. Perhaps you’ve recently moved to a new institution or taken... View Article

How to Prepare for Your Role as Facilitator

May 12, 2015 1:00 pm

Facilitators play a key role in helping teams, groups and departments function effectively. Whether coordinating a task force or compiling key points for a retreat, they are an integral component of how decisions are made and what work gets done. Because facilitation is a critical component of an HR professional’s skill set, what steps can... View Article

Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy

May 6, 2015 1:22 pm

Having a presence in social media used to offer organizations a competitive advantage. Today, it’s a standard business practice. Social media channels are used by job seekers to search for jobs, by employees to communicate in and out of the office, and by campus communities to share information and provide feedback. In light of the... View Article

Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – April 2015

April 22, 2015 10:55 am

Each month, Knowledge Center content manager Patti Couger seeks out news briefs and timely resources to share on the Knowledge Center home page. Here are the topics highlighted this month: The Latest From the NLRB on Adjuncts and Graduate Assistants In the last few months, there has been a good bit of information in the... View Article

Faculty and Staff Orientation: A New Approach

March 18, 2015 5:12 pm

This blog post was contributed by Bryan Garey, Diane Ober and Lindsey Reese of University of Virginia human resources. Is your new employee orientation program a data dump, filled with policies and statistics and not much more? Do you inundate your new hires with PowerPoint slides and stacks of forms to fill out? Do you... View Article

HR Audit – A Tool for Discovery

February 26, 2015 11:44 am

“We just don’t have the time.” “Things seem to be running smoothly, so I’m sure we’re fine.” “There are more pressing issues at hand.” “I wouldn’t even know where to start.” Ever find yourself having thoughts like these when the topic of an HR audit comes up? On the spectrum of what has to get... View Article

And the Award Goes To …

February 25, 2015 4:14 pm

Great work is being done in HR departments in colleges and universities across the country — from diversity and inclusion efforts to HR transformation, innovation and excellence, your peers and colleagues are leading the way. CUPA-HR celebrates these successes each year with our annual Higher Education Human Resources Awards. The following blog posts and articles... View Article

Welcome to the Higher Ed Workplace!

February 11, 2015 12:54 pm

HR is HR, right? Does the industry in which you work really matter? Aren’t the functional areas the same across all sectors? Yes and no. While the basic tenets of human resources work apply across the board, HR work in higher education requires a slightly different approach. From the pace of the work to the... View Article

Creative Ways to Recognize and Reward Employees

January 26, 2015 3:50 pm

How do you do employee recognition? Does your program truly celebrate people and their accomplishments, or just reward longevity? Is there any element of surprise, or do employees know exactly what to expect year in and year out (like, say, the annual employee recognition/awards luncheon)? What if you could create some buzz and excitement around... View Article

14 Great Reads of 2014

January 14, 2015 9:03 am

HR organizations in colleges and universities around the country are doing some extraordinary work in the way of diversity and inclusion, workforce planning and development, HR transformation, innovation and more. Last year, we featured several of these successes in The Higher Education Workplace magazine and on this blog. Below are 14 articles and blog posts... View Article

Patti’s Picks – 10 Can’t-Miss Knowledge Center Resources

January 8, 2015 3:23 pm

It’s hard to believe the CUPA-HR Knowledge Center turns 10 years old this year! We’ll celebrate this milestone in many ways throughout the coming year, but to kick things off, we asked Knowledge Center Content Manager Patti Couger to share her top 10 must-have, can’t-miss KC resources. And Patti knows her stuff. She’s worked on... View Article

The Year Is Winding Down … Time to Catch Up!

December 17, 2014 3:50 pm

With the number of workdays dwindling before the holiday break, you’re probably either crazy busy trying to wrap things up for the year, or finding that you have a little extra time on your hands as the office begins to empty out. If you’re running frantic, take heart … only a few more days to... View Article

Regulatory Agenda Released – Fall 2014

December 2, 2014 4:10 pm

On Friday, November 21, the federal administration released its biannual unified regulatory agenda. Agendas are released twice a year, generally in April and November. They are designed to provide the public with information on regulations the federal government is currently considering and to prioritize action items for the coming year. The agenda released Friday sets... View Article

A Book (Make It Two!) for Every Child

November 5, 2014 9:02 am

My 6-year-old son is a voracious reader. He has shelves and shelves of books in his room, and he so looks forward to library day at school. His school book fair is coming up, and he’s already talking about which books he wants to buy. Thankfully, we are fortunate enough that he can make 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

Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update for Higher Ed

October 16, 2014 12:55 pm

How did Chief Government Affairs Officer Josh Ulman start off his Washington Update session at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference last month? With politics. There’s no getting around it. Elections, including several competitive congressional races, are right around the corner; and the outcomes of those races are bound to have an impact on both legislation and... View Article

Giving, Changing and Learning at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference

October 7, 2014 5:48 pm

More than 900 higher ed HR professionals from all 50 U.S. states and more than 15 countries came together in San Antonio, Texas last week for the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014. Inspiration and Giving Author and Walgreens Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pemberton kicked off the conference with an inspiring message during his keynote... View Article

5 Simple Steps to Improve Performance Reviews

September 30, 2014 3:34 pm

Lack of accountability and leniency bias are common issues in performance evaluations, and they can lead to a situation in which it is difficult to address performance and/or behavioral issues. So what steps can higher ed HR professionals take to improve performance reviews? At the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014 in San Antonio, Texas,... View Article

Day Two at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference

September 30, 2014 12:31 pm

This post was contributed by Justin Harris, human resources generalist at Tennessee State University. The resounding theme for my second day at the CUPA-HR annual conference was “change isn’t easy, but it’s necessary and it’s possible.” My morning began with the Higher Education HR Awards ceremony where our peers were awarded for outstanding service and... View Article

Organizational Effectiveness in Higher Ed

September 29, 2014 10:50 am

As chief HR officers joined together during the CHRO Summit September 28 at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, process improvement and organizational effectiveness were just two topics of discussion that topped the priority list for these professionals. Mark Coldren of Ithaca College shared how his institution is focused on... View Article

Day One at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference

September 29, 2014 9:55 am

This post was contributed by Justin Harris, human resources generalist at Tennessee State University . This year San Antonio not only hosted a successful basketball championship won by the San Antonio Spurs, but also a championship-caliber group of higher education HR professionals who have descended upon the city for the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Race Discrimination

August 28, 2014 3:09 pm

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: College Tennis Coach Race Discrimination Claim — Minnis v. Bd of Supervisors of Louisiana State University (MD... View Article

The Job Family Approach to Career Development

August 21, 2014 2:51 pm

Looking for a way to motivate your employees? Need some incentives to keep your best people? Struggling with employee engagement? Putting career development front and center can help address all these issues, and one approach to career development that is growing increasingly popular is job families. What Is a Job Family? A job family is... View Article

7 Terms Unique to Higher Ed

August 15, 2014 3:08 pm

There are lots of things unique about working in higher education. This environment differs in many ways from the corporate world — from the pace of work to how work gets done and more. One of the first things many who are new to the higher ed workplace notice are the terms and phrases that... View Article

There’s an App for That!

August 7, 2014 11:25 am

This post was contributed by Jamie Tanner, human resources director at South Georgia State College. Technology has been a great addition to the arsenal of the HR professional, and there are many ways in which both software and hardware have been integrated into our everyday work experiences. One of my passions as of late has... View Article

4 Essential I-9 Resources for Higher Ed

July 24, 2014 12:36 pm

The devil is in the detail, and nowhere is that more apparent than with Form I-9 compliance. Civil enforcement of I-9 requirements often focuses on form over substance, which means paperwork errors can result in fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars even without evidence of the employment of unlawful immigrants. Throw in the mergers... View Article

A Clear Connection for Two CUPA-HR Members

July 3, 2014 9:11 am

I recently received a request from someone who wanted to “connect” with me on LinkedIn. This person was someone active in my professional industry who I did not know. I accepted their invitation and was excited about the potential of getting to know them. Unfortunately, that’s where it ended. We were “connected” but we made... View Article

A New Student Transcript Model Showcases Experiential Learning

June 26, 2014 4:14 pm

It seems like everywhere we look these days, there’s an article or blog post or newscast questioning the value of higher education. Are our students getting what they’re paying for? Are they leaving college fully prepared for the working world? Are they acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities they’ll need to be successful in life?... View Article

4 Tips for Succeeding in Higher Ed HR

June 12, 2014 9:57 am

Coming in to higher education human resources from another HR industry can be a culture shock. First, there’s the overall culture of higher ed — traditional, conservative, slow to change. Then there are the anomalies of specific types of institutions and their environments, not to mention the many different types of employees (faculty, executives, staff,... View Article

Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: FLSA

June 10, 2014 2:37 pm

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: FLSA and Undocumented Aliens – Lamonica v. Safe Hurricane Shutters, Inc. (11th Cir. No. 11-15743, 3/6/13)... View Article

A Q&A With a University President on the Value of HR

June 5, 2014 8:56 am

Over the past decade, the HR transformation movement has been picking up steam as human resources has made significant strides in shedding its “health and happiness patrol” and “policy and procedure police” monikers and moving toward more strategic activities in support of the organizational mission. In many organizations, HR is finally being viewed as a... View Article

Innovation at Work

May 15, 2014 9:20 am

Innovate: to introduce something new, to make changes in anything established (from Dictionary.com); to do something in a new way; to have new ideas about how something can be done (from Merriam-Webster) Would you call yourself innovative? How about your department or team — innovators and change agents, or not so much?

Talent Management for Faculty and Adjunct Faculty: Where Does HR Fit In?

March 26, 2014 9:50 am

In recent years the trend to employ part-time faculty has risen sharply. Institutional changes triggered by, for example, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have institutions considering if hiring part-time faculty should be a continued, pragmatic solution for future success. And though the hiring of faculty members (full- or part-time) primarily falls under the... View Article

IRS Issues Final Regs for Calculating Adjunct Faculty Hours and More

February 11, 2014 10:01 am

Yesterday, the Treasury Department and IRS issued final regulations for calculating adjunct faculty hours, as well as students in work-study programs, seasonal employees and other employee categories under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015. We’ve summarized below, but be sure to read CUPA-HR’s full write-up on the regulations for details on how they impact higher education... View Article

10 Great Reads of 2013

January 15, 2014 8:47 am

Interested in creating employee resource groups on your campus but don’t know where to start? Looking for unique ways to increase the diversity of your workforce? Need to up your service game? Wondering how HR can contribute to your institution’s academic mission? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Articles published last year by and about... View Article

A “Campaign for Common Sense” to Facilitate Process Improvement

December 19, 2013 12:33 pm

“People aren’t motivated by ‘increasing efficiency,’ but the opportunity to ‘reduce frustration’ gets everyone’s attention.” – Allison Vaillancourt, vice president for HR and institutional effectiveness, University of Arizona (from her CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2013 session, “A Campaign for Common Sense – A Grassroots Approach to Organizational Change”) Higher education institutions (and their people) aren’t necessarily... View Article

Employment Law: How Can HR Help Avoid Litigation?

December 19, 2013 10:19 am

This post was contributed by CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard as a follow-up to his presentation at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference in October. For higher education, like many other sectors, 2013 was another year for contentious employment and labor law litigation. HR professionals should be especially alert and vigilant regarding any disputes related to: ADA... View Article

Adjunct Faculty as Human Capital

October 29, 2013 7:29 pm

Adjuncts now make up nearly three-quarters of the higher education instructional workforce, and that number is growing every year. Different types of institutions use adjuncts to varying degrees, and the pros and cons of using off-the-tenure-track faculty are vast and varied, depending on who you ask. In the session “The Role of Adjunct Faculty as... View Article

Setting the Pace With a Strategic Succession Planning Process

October 29, 2013 5:21 pm

“How do you build a pipeline of talent and ensure you have the right people in your organization?” Betsy Garti, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Pace University During the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2013, Betsy Garti and Bob Lazer of Pace University shared with conference attendees a program that has provided a strategic,... View Article

10 Higher Ed Labor and Employment Court Cases You Need to Know About

October 29, 2013 1:24 pm

What? You don’t have time to follow each and every labor and employment law court case that may have implications for higher ed? No worries! We’ve rounded up the 10 cases thus far in 2013 that you need to be aware of (as covered by CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference... View Article

What Is Good and What Is Right

October 28, 2013 7:19 pm

“If your institution doesn’t define what is ethical behavior and what isn’t, employees will define it for themselves.” —Betsy Webb, professional development and training manager, Montana State University (from her CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2013 session, “What Is Good and What Is Right: Ethics Training for Higher Education Institutions”) The term “ethical behavior” means different things to different people. Conduct that... View Article

6 Steps for Resolving Conflict in a Professional Relationship

October 28, 2013 6:36 pm

“All of us either have or will experience conflict of some kind in a professional relationship. How we navigate this conflict is key to preserving productive working relationships.” —Mary Anne Berzins, assistant vice president for human resources, University of Utah (from her CUPA-HR Annual Conference 2013 session, “Effective Conflict Engagement Starts With Me: A Self-Awareness... View Article

6 Ways HR Can Improve Staff-Faculty Relationships

October 28, 2013 5:00 pm

Today at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2013, attendees learned about staff-faculty partnerships from concurrent session presenters Susan Christy, Ph.D., Author and Higher Education Consultant and Deborah Orlowski, Ph.D., Senior Learning Specialist at the University of Michigan. If you weren’t at today’s session, check out the article “Transforming Staff-Faculty Relationships: Progress in Closing the Great... View Article

How to Improve Performance With Metrics

October 28, 2013 4:24 pm

“Leaders in areas like facilities, the HR department, the finance team … all had to more consciously and deliberately find their link to the goals of the organization.” Susan Norton, Georgia Regents University Georgia Regents University embraced a new approach to fostering organizational effectiveness by creating a metrics-driven incentive pay plan for leadership positions. They... View Article

7 Must-Have Policies for Higher Ed Institutions

October 2, 2013 4:05 pm

This article was contributed by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Be sure to check out NACUA’s session on the topic of collaborating with campus lawyers at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, October 27-29. With the ever-growing list of federal, state and local laws, creating an environment... View Article