Events in CUPA-HR Connect

The Understanding Higher Education (UHE) Experience

April 27-July 3, 2020

The UHE Experience is a virtual small-group experience based on CUPA-HR’s popular in-person workshop and e-learning course, Understanding Higher Education

Like the in-person workshop, it gives you the opportunity to interact with other participants and the program's experienced higher ed HR facilitators to learn how other institutions operate and gain expert insight into the unique aspects of higher education and higher ed HR. Like the e-learning course, it lets you learn and participate on your own time and without having to travel to a CUPA-HR conference.

By the end of this 10-week experience, you’ll have new knowledge, ideas and professional connections that will enhance your own success and help you make an impact at your college or university.

How Does It Work?
  • Dates - The UHE Experience will take place April 27-July 3.
  • Touch-Base Conference Calls - Facilitators will host three calls to welcome participants, check in mid-experience, and wrap up when the program ends.
  • Facilitated Online Discussion - Using the Understanding Higher Education e-learning course as a starting point, our facilitators will guide discussion on a variety of topics and encourage participants to share their own experiences and institutional practices. Discussions will take place in a private group in CUPA-HR’s online community, CUPA-HR Connect.
  • Time - Availability for this small-group experience is limited, and active participation by group members is critical to its success! Expect to spend about 2-3 hours per week completing the assigned portion of the online course and participating in the online discussion, at times that fit your schedule.
Who Should Participate?

The UHE Experience is open to CUPA-HR members who are new to the higher ed workplace and would like to gain insight into the business of higher education while connecting with higher ed HR professionals at other institutions.

What Does It Cost?

The registration fee for this one-of-a-kind experience is $115.

Meet Our Facilitators

  • Lynn Bynum
    Chief Human Resources Officer and Title IX Coordinator

    Bellarmine University

  • Erik Smetana
    Executive Director, Compensation and Talent

    Vanderbilt University


The CUPA-HR national office will be closed July 2-3 in observance of Independence Day.