4 Considerations for Using Salary Data to Inform Compensation Decisions on Campus

March 1, 2018 9:00 am

Salary benchmarking is not one-size-fits-all — especially when you’re looking at groups as varied as administrators, professionals, staff and faculty on a college or university campus that is unique in its combination of Carnegie class, affiliation, regional location and mission. The question, then, is how to tailor your benchmarking efforts to take these variables into account and choose data that is appropriate to your unique needs.

How One College Is Using Salary Data to Ensure Pay Equity and Market-Par Compensation

February 16, 2018 9:00 am

As part of our Research Snapshots series, we’re speaking with HR practitioners at colleges and universities around the country to find out how they’re using data and analytics to drive decision-making on campus. Here, Don Lerew, HRIS and payroll manager at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, tells us how he uses data to help develop compensation strategies and ensure pay equity and market-par salaries at his institution.

12 Great Reads of 2017

January 10, 2018 8:33 pm

CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog are full of articles and stories highlighting new and innovative ways to do HR (from institutions and organizations who have been there, done that). In case you missed them — we know it was a busy year! — here are some highlights from the magazine and the blog from the past year. Maybe they’ll spark an idea or two you can use on your campus.

Data Talks: Using HR Metrics and Visualizations to Persuade and Inform

September 17, 2017 5:53 pm

Did you know that 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual? That visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text? That the brain can get the sense of a visual in less than 1/10 of a second? That visuals and emotions are stored in the same part of the brain? For these reasons and more, visuals are much more effective than text at persuading, informing and catching the eye of those you’re trying to reach.

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 people would answer with a resounding “no.” So what’s the solution? For Pennsylvania State University, it was blowing up its current process and starting fresh.

How One HR Organization Is Using Data to Drive People Strategies

October 19, 2016 2:35 pm

data-analysisUniversity of Missouri System’s HR organization is a great case study in how human resources can use people data to identify workforce trends, identify and address challenges, and help university leaders and managers make sound workforce-related decisions.

How to Use Benchmarking to Ensure Competitive Pay for Faculty

September 15, 2016 9:00 am

applesOne 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. So what should you look for when benchmarking faculty salaries?

Metrics 101

April 22, 2015 10:52 am

metrics-300How is HR perceived in your organization? Are you a valued business partner included in strategic decisions and institutional initiatives? Or are you seen as just another cost center, a necessary evil, a transaction-focused “fire-putter-outer”? Unfortunately, many stakeholders in many organizations still hold onto that outdated, unfair, unrealistic perception of human resources. So how can we get past these perceptions and prove our value to our leaders, our constituents, our customers and our organizations? With metrics, that’s how!