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An Innovative Approach to Managing Faculty Promotion and Tenure

by Missy Kline

light bulbs-300Promotion and tenure is often a laborious and exhausting task for both faculty and administrators. There has been little technical advancement over the years, and huge paper packets are the norm. Facing the administrative burden of promotion and tenure for roughly 240 candidates each year, and unable to find any commercial solutions, the University of Florida developed its own online promotion and tenure work process.

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Does Your Total Rewards Strategy Need a Tune-Up?

by CUPA-HR

hand with wrench-300Compensation, 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 productive, more loyal and more engaged. So what does your total rewards package look like? Is it in a good spot, or could it use a few tweaks?

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How to Prepare for Your Role as Facilitator

by Brittany Woodson

facilitationskillsFacilitators play a key role in helping teams, groups and departments function effectively. Whether coordinating a task force or compiling key points for a retreat, they are an integral component of how decisions are made and what work gets done.

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Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy

by Gayle Kiser

social_mediaWith new social media channels popping up almost daily and the many campus constituencies using social media, developing a comprehensive social media policy is an imperative for higher ed institutions. But what should that policy include, and how should it be framed in order to withstand scrutiny from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)?

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How to Ensure Compliance With INA’s Antidiscriminatory Provisions

by CUPA-HR

iStock_000019769417_300pxThe Department of Justice has been increasing steadily its enforcement of the antidiscrimination provisions under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). By understanding the regulations and enforcement trends and putting in place clear policies and procedures, employers can ensure compliance.

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Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – April 2015

by Gayle Kiser

higher-education-hr-newsEach month, Knowledge Center content manager Patti Couger seeks out news briefs and timely resources to share on the Knowledge Center home page. Here are the topics highlighted this month: NLRB on Adjuncts and Graduate Assistants, ACA Cadillac Tax, Stay Interviews and Social Media Policies.

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Metrics 101

by CUPA-HR

metrics-300How is HR perceived in your organization? Are you a valued business partner included in strategic decisions and institutional initiatives? Or are you seen as just another cost center, a necessary evil, a transaction-focused “fire-putter-outer”? Unfortunately, many stakeholders in many organizations still hold onto that outdated, unfair, unrealistic perception of human resources. So how can we get past these perceptions and prove our value to our leaders, our constituents, our customers and our organizations? With metrics, that’s how!

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4 Tips for Identifying and Assessing Behavioral Risk on Campus

by Missy Kline

wordleIn the aftermath of acts of violence on several campuses across the nation, many higher ed institutions have reevaluated their risk assessment and violence prevention strategies. Many have created “active shooter” protocols, instituted emergency alert systems designed to get the word out quickly to the campus community in the event of an incident of violence and implemented procedures designed to assess and manage behavioral risk in the hopes of identifying high-risk individuals and taking action before tragedy strikes.

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NLRB Issues Guidance on Employee Handbook Language

by Gayle Kiser

employee-handbookThe National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s general counsel issued a report last week that offers specific examples of lawful and unlawful language used in employee handbooks in several key categories, including rules on confidentiality and employee conduct.

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Faculty and Staff Orientation: A New Approach

by CUPA-HR

creativity-innovation-success-300pxIs your new employee orientation program a data dump, filled with policies and statistics and not much more? Do you inundate your new hires with PowerPoint slides and stacks of forms to fill out? Do you get the feeling your orientation and onboarding program leaves new hires feeling overwhelmed and drained? Not a great way to welcome new talent to your institution!

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