Strategies for Eliminating Sexual Harassment in Higher Ed (and It’s Not Simply More Training)

January 19, 2018 5:01 pm

“Philosopher Accused of Sexual Misconduct” “Former Sports Doctor Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault” “Title IX Complaints Filed Against Creative-Writing Professor” “Fifteen Students and Post Docs Issue Statement That Three Professors Created a Hostile Academic Environment in Which Sexual Harassment Is Normalized” “Reports of Sexism in a University Academic Department” “Tenured Professor Sexually Harassed Graduate Student... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2017

January 10, 2018 8:33 pm

It’s hard to believe another year is in the books, and a new one is already underway! As you jump back into your work in this new year, we hope you’ll take some time to read about some of the great work your HR colleagues are doing at colleges and universities around the country. CUPA-HR’s... 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

How to Create a Professional Development Program Employees Will Want to Use

October 30, 2017 8:55 am

Is your institution’s professional development program a boom or a bust? Are employees excited about the offerings, or uninterested? Is the process for taking advantage of professional development easy or cumbersome? When Normandale Community College faced a lackadaisical response to its staff development program, human resources took a step back to identify the barriers to... 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

3 Tips for Training Employees on Title IX

June 27, 2017 5:12 pm

The challenges associated with Title IX in higher education are complex, and sexual assault on campus and institutional responses continue to make headlines across the nation. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, over the past six years the government has conducted 399 investigations of colleges and universities for possibly mishandling reports of sexual violence.... View Article

5 Tips to Help You Plan a Professional Development Day for Your Faculty and Staff

May 31, 2017 11:06 am

An employee engagement survey conducted at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) showed that individuals felt most recognized when their managers gave them opportunities to grow as professionals — whether it was having the chance to attend a conference, attend a meeting with senior-level leaders or receive on-the-job training. In response to survey feedback,... View Article

Traits and Training for Title IX Investigators

October 5, 2016 9:00 am

Two Title IX coordinators from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania — Jane Federowicz, assistant vice president for human resources and Title IX coordinator, and Matthew Baker, training officer and deputy Title IX coordinator — shared in a CUPA-HR annual conference session their outline for training Title IX investigators and conducting investigations on campus. The pair shared some essential... 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

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

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

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

5 Ways to Evolve Your Diversity Training

January 21, 2016 12:35 pm

How would your campus community rate your institution’s diversity training initiatives? Do they inspire continued dialogue and action long after class ends, or are the concepts and ideas covered in training sessions left behind when people leave the room? Are you successfully getting your message out? If you’re not seeing the desired results from your... View Article

5 Key Tactics for Managing Learning and Development as a Business

September 28, 2015 1:00 pm

For years, University of Michigan’s learning and development function was floundering. Low staff morale, low program participation, continuing budget cuts and growing budget deficits made for some tough times for the organization. In 2012, UMich’s HR development team faced a decision – reduce professional development programming even further or rebuild the function entirely. In choosing... 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

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

Digital Learning Day Celebrates New Ways of Teaching and Learning

March 11, 2015 12:22 pm

The leaps and bounds we’ve made in technology over the past two decades have changed the way we do all manner of things. From banking and shopping, to working and playing, to keeping in touch and more, the latest and greatest technology can facilitate ease of use, time savings and convenience. Technology is also increasingly... 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

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

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

3 Low-Cost Ideas for Engaging Employees With Campus Leaders

November 4, 2013 10:46 am

“Our thinking about LEAD has evolved – from a program to help people move into leadership roles, to an affinity group for people who want to be involved in leadership conversations.” – Brittnay Buckner, Senior Learning Specialist and Trainer, The George Washington University In 2008, The George Washington University launched the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)... View Article