HR’s Role in Balancing Free Speech and Inclusivity

October 9, 2018 3:34 pm

Results of a recent survey of college and university presidents conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) show that half of all presidents surveyed rely on their chief HR officer to weigh in when setting institutional policy related to campus inclusion and free speech. And 30 percent of presidents said they rely on HR... View Article

Why Team Time Is Good for the Organization

November 15, 2017 9:57 am

What if I told you that 82 = 392? It’s not fuzzy math, I promise! For a recent CUPA-HR virtual workshop, we had 82 registrations, which resulted in 392 individual attendees — which tells us that most attendees participated in a group setting. Learning and working in teams has many advantages, including helping individuals develop... View Article

A 4-Step Model for Leadership Success

September 19, 2017 9:00 am

What does it take to be successful as a leader in higher education human resources? Mary Lucal and Ron Tredway from the University of Tennessee shared their formula with attendees at the CUPA-HR annual conference in San Diego. By following a simple four-step process, Lucal and Tredway say, you can greatly increase your leadership capability and... View Article

What Can HR Do to Support the Changing Faculty in Higher Ed?

September 18, 2017 3:58 pm

In 1969, nearly 8 out of 10 faculty members in higher ed were tenured or on the tenure track. Today, more than 70 percent are non-tenure-track. The faculty model is clearly changing, but institutions are struggling to adapt — and it’s having an impact on student success. In her session “HR and Support of the... 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 Butterfield 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

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

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

Building HR Competencies (and Solving Problems) Through Group Think

February 7, 2017 9:00 am

In 2015, the University of Wisconsin System implemented its own human resources function, separate from the State of Wisconsin. This new autonomous way of doing HR changed a number of dynamics and gave the university the opportunity to rethink a whole range of policies and procedures and how it could best administer them. Out of... View Article

How One HR Organization Is Using Data to Drive People Strategies

October 19, 2016 2:35 pm

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” – Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO And therein lies the problem of NOT using sound data to drive decision-making in business — everyone has an opinion, and everyone thinks his or hers is the right one. While many... View Article

5 Emerging Trends in HR and Higher Ed

October 12, 2016 11:34 am

Keeping a finger on the pulse of current and emerging higher education and HR-related trends that may have implications for our students, employees and campus communities is a crucial part of our role as HR professionals. In order to effectively assess, plan for and respond to these trends, we must first be “in the know.”... 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

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

How to Be the Manager Everyone Wants to Work For

August 24, 2016 12:01 pm

People leave managers, not companies. – Marcus Buckingham In my 25 years in the workforce, I’ve been on the receiving end of many different management styles. I’ve reported to the my-way-or-the-highway manager, the micromanager, the laissez-faire manager, the perpetually cranky manager (huh … thinking back, I’ve had some pretty terrible managers!). Granted, most of these... View Article

3 Ways to Hone Your Digital Leadership Skills

July 27, 2016 11:53 am

What’s your social media capacity? Are you a whiz? A novice? A work in progress? A not-for-me? Are you the first to try out a new platform, or does the thought of yet another social media app make you want to bury your head in the sand? No doubt, social media can be overwhelming …... View Article

Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage at Work

July 11, 2016 11:46 am

We’ve all read about it, heard about it and discussed it with our HR colleagues — unhappy employees hurt our organizations. Author and researcher Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, and when he was first selected as a keynote speaker for the CUPA-HR Annual... View Article

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

February 3, 2016 9:14 am

Great work is being done by HR organizations 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’ missions — and... View Article

How to Prepare For (and Respond to) an Active Shooter Incident on Campus

December 16, 2015 1:17 pm

“Active shooter situation – campus on lockdown.” These are some of the most terrifying words you could ever hear. Unfortunately, too many campuses across the country have faced this reality. A Time magazine article from October 1 stated that there had been 23 shootings on college campuses so far in 2015, but that number has... 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

Leading For the Future: Responding to Increasing Ethical Expectations

October 21, 2015 2:57 pm

This blog post was contributed by Linda Fisher Thornton, chief executive officer of Leading in Context LLC and adjunct associate professor at University of Richmond. Fisher Thornton, author of the book 7 Lenses, recently presented a CUPA-HR webinar on the topic of ethical leadership, which you can now view on-demand at no charge. How can... 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

3 Ways to Manage Different Employee Temperaments

October 5, 2015 9:14 am

We’re fresh off another great CUPA-HR annual conference! With so many subject matter experts and so much amazing content, there was definitely a little something for everyone to take back and share with their colleagues. One of my favorite sessions at the conference was “Connecting Introverts and Extroverts in the Higher Ed Workplace,” presented by team members... View Article

Building Partnerships — The Key to Unleashing HR’s Value Across the Institution

September 29, 2015 10:10 am

Although it may sometimes feel like it, human resources doesn’t operate in a bubble. Collaboration and partnerships are crucial to our work and necessary for helping us add value and remain relevant. At the CUPA-HR Annual Conference, Chris Byrd, chief HR officer at University of South Carolina, shared with attendees how the university’s HR organization... View Article

How to Do Shared Services the Right Way

September 28, 2015 5:00 pm

University of Denver (DU)’s HR and Financial Services recently moved to a shared services model. At this year’s CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo, in their session “Shared Services Approach and Lessons Learned,” DU’s vice chancellor for HR Amy King and Scott Nastaja from Sibson Consulting share how they did it. Why Shared Services? HR and... 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

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

Where Do Your HR Competencies Lie?

July 15, 2015 10:43 am

The one-size-fits-all approach to training and development is quickly going the way of the dinosaur, and moving to the forefront is competency-based learning, where learning is less about the time spent in a classroom or conference concurrent session, and more about mastering specific skills through personalized learning experiences. As HR professionals charged with creating and... 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

An Innovative Approach to Managing Faculty Promotion and Tenure

May 19, 2015 9:33 am

Promotion and tenure is often a laborious and exhausting task for both faculty and administrators. There has been little technical advancement over the years, and huge paper packets are the norm. Facing the administrative burden of promotion and tenure for roughly 240 candidates each year, and unable to find any commercial solutions, the University of... 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

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

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

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

6 Ways to Cultivate Labor Peace With Adjunct Faculty

February 2, 2015 9:58 am

Nearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the... 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

Change Doesn’t Have to Be So Scary!

September 30, 2014 10:23 pm

Not too many people jump up and down with excitement when they hear change is coming down the pike. After all, it’s human nature to be comfortable with the things you’re familiar with and fear the unfamiliar. So how can we ease minds when undertaking change initiatives in our institutions? How can we bring our... View Article

Aspiring CHRO? Step Back and Ask Yourself Two Important Questions

September 29, 2014 1:00 pm

I didn’t know quite what to expect going into the Aspiring CHRO Preconference Workshop. As an early-career professional in the learning and professional development field, I was intrigued by the notion of hearing from folks who are looking to assume top-level HR leadership roles. What I didn’t expect was that a side-track conversation (yet one that was... View Article

How Can HR Help Support Today’s Higher Ed IT Workforce?

September 12, 2014 3:17 pm

According to a recent EDUCAUSE study, IT staff and organizations are being asked to adjust to increased IT consumerization, more options for managing and sourcing technologies and staff, a broader interest in IT’s transformative potential, and decreased resources. As a result of these changing expectations, institutions are looking to hire IT staff with business skills... 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

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

Stop Training, Start Developing Your Leaders

May 29, 2014 9:51 am

“If what you desire is a robotic, static thinker – train them. If you’re seeking innovative, critical thinkers – develop them.” – Mike Myatt, author, columnist and leadership advisor to Fortune 500 boards and CEOs, writing for Most organizations have come to realize the importance of cultivating their leaders (both current and aspiring), but... View Article