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Workforce and Succession Planning: What’s the Difference?

by Patti Couger

The goal of workforce planning and succession planning is the same: putting the right people—across the organization—in the right jobs, doing the right things at the right time. However, the difference between workforce and succession planning is distinct. Workforce planning is typically budget-driven and focused on staff-level jobs, hiring forecasts and internal resource projections.

Succession planning is a systematic approach to professional development with the express purpose of ensuring that selected (typically senior) staff is trained, experienced and ready to assume future leadership positions. Succession planning also focuses on individual and team transition needs and effectively guides implementation.

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HR Transformation … Didn’t We Do That Already and HR Recommendations from the Freeh report

by Andy Brantley

As many of you know, I served as a volunteer leader of CUPA-HR for many years before accepting the president and CEO role in July 2005. The highlight of that volunteer experience was serving as chair of the board of directors in 2000-01 and the opportunity to lead the program planning efforts for the 2000 annual conference. The theme we chose for the conference was “Human Resources in Transition.”

Fast forward to the focus of the work of one of our board committees and the theme of this year’s annual conference, “Revolutionary Action. Engage. Lead. Transform.”

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