Press Release

May 31, 2016

Georgia State University Human Resources Administration Receives CUPA-HR’s HR Innovation Award

Georgia State University’s human resources administration has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2016 HR Innovation Award. The team received the award for its HR Bootcamp program. Thanks to the generous support of PeopleAdmin, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to Georgia State’s endowment or a scholarship fund of the HR team’s choice.

In preparation for the consolidation earlier this year of Georgia State University (GSU) and Georgia Perimeter College, and to enable HR to better meet the needs of the expanded university and its new strategic plan, GSU HR administration developed the HR Bootcamp program. “The initiatives outlined in GSU’s new strategic plan are more complex and rigorous than in prior years, and require employees to think more strategically, understand metrics and understand the inner workings of the university,” says Linda Nelson, chief HR officer for Georgia State University. “HR Bootcamp was designed to help our HR employees strengthen these skills.”

The program — which focused on five HR competencies: relationship management, consultation, organizational leadership and navigation, critical evaluation, and business acumen — consisted of four general sessions over a seven-month period and four cohort group meetings, as well as self-paced work between sessions. General sessions delivered the program topic content, and the cohort sessions provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the general session and how the topic related to their respective functional areas, share best practices and network with peers.

“The outcomes of HR Bootcamp have included better educated and equipped HR officers to meet the demands of the consolidated Georgia State University,” says Nelson. “The HR officers are now considered strategic business partners and trusted advisors to their deans and senior leadership.”

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.

Contact: Missy Kline, Content Manager – Communications and Marketing, CUPA-HR
Phone: (865) 637-7673