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Void Between Academic and Administration Sectors


A recent post on CUPA-HR’s LinkedIn page mentioned the void between the academic and the administrative sectors of most institutions. That led me to question why this is so. Is it due to a failure of one side or the other to recognize the benefits of collaboration? Is it because neither side speaks the same language or has the same set of goals? Perhaps it is simply because neither side has taken the initiative to reach out and establish what can be a mutually beneficial relationship.

This begs the question: do you in HR have the authority or support to take the initiative to bridge that gap? Are you empowered to contact the academic leaders and establish a dialogue that will lead to an understanding of the merits of HR services and programs?

If you have been successful in working with the academic side of the house, share your experiences, outreach efforts, words of wisdom/caution and your successes.