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8 Great Reads on Cultural Change, Diversity, Recruitment and Talent Management

by Julie Boggs

A Chance in the World book coverTo prepare for the upcoming CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, I thought I’d take the advice Wes Harmon gave in this blog post last year on making the most of your conference experience, so I set about reading a book by keynote speaker Steve Pemberton — A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past and How He Found a Place Called Home. Pemberton’s story is one that begins with profound abuse and neglect, yet ends (spoiler alert!) in victory with him overcoming his tough situation through hope and courage.

It’s tempting to think that Pemberton’s story is an extraordinary case — one that can’t be applied in an ordinary setting. You hear a story like his and might think, “Hey, that’s great, but my life is ordinary; I don’t have challenges that serious.”

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How Can HR Help Support Today’s Higher Ed IT Workforce?

by Missy Kline

iStock_000018170510SmallAccording 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 equal to their technical skills. And this necessitates a shift in the way IT staff are recruited, hired and retained.

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Higher Ed Associations Submit Comments on Campus Accountability and Safety Act

by Missy Kline

legislationIn the letter to the Senate HELP Committee, we made recommendations around several provisions in the proposed bill, including the role and responsibilities of confidential advisors, the purpose and use of climate surveys, the scope of required memoranda of understanding with local law enforcement agencies, Title IX and Clery Act training and reporting requirements and others.

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Higher Education HR News

by CUPA-HR

higher-education-hr-newsHere are news highlights from this week’s KC Connection:

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3 Trends in Employee Benefits in Higher Ed

by Missy Kline

Benefits-Cover-blogCUPA-HR recently released results for its 2014 Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits in Higher Education Survey, and the data showed three distinct trends in higher ed employee benefits -- the increased use of consumer-directed health plans, a rise in the number of institutions offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners, and an increase in how much employees are asked to pay.

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Some Employee Handbook Provisions May Run Afoul of the NLRA

by Missy Kline

employee-handbookThe National Labor Relations Board has been busy as of late, and in light of some of its recent actions, you may need to take a fresh look at your employee handbook.

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Race Discrimination

by Julie Boggs

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!

The Case: College Tennis Coach Race Discrimination Claim — Minnis v. Bd of Supervisors of Louisiana State University (MD La.,No 3:13-CV-00005, 12/4/13)

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Higher Education HR News

by CUPA-HR

higher-education-hr-newsHere are news highlights from this week’s KC Connection:

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The Job Family Approach to Career Development

by Missy Kline

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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.

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7 Terms Unique to Higher Ed

by Missy Kline

iStock_000015097052SmallOne of the first things many of those new to the higher ed workplace notice are the terms and phrases that are specific to colleges and universities. This “higher ed speak” can be confusing and convoluted to those who have come from the corporate world or are just beginning their higher ed careers. What’s the difference between a chancellor and a president? What are Carnegie classifications? What does IPEDS stand for?

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