On the spectrum of what has to get done, HR audits often fall on the lower end. But an audit done right offers a unique opportunity to take stock of where your HR organization is, where it wants to be, and how it can get there. Concerned about what it might turn up? The job of an audit is not to test the merits of your organization's work, but rather to serve as a tool for discovery.
Great work is being done in HR departments in colleges and universities across the country — from diversity and inclusion efforts to HR transformation, innovation and excellence, your peers and colleagues are leading the way. CUPA-HR celebrates these successes each year with our annual Higher Education Human Resources Awards. The following blog posts and articles from The Higher Education Workplace magazine and CUPA-HR eNews highlight some of our past awards recipients and their programs. Read on to learn what great things are happening in higher ed HR across the country!
HR is HR, right? Does the industry in which you work really matter? Aren’t the functional areas the same across all sectors? Yes and no. While the basic tenets of human resources work apply across the board, HR work in higher education requires a slightly different approach. From the pace of the work to the way work gets done, from the nuances of working with faculty and student employees to the overall culture of higher ed, it certainly takes some getting used to.
On February 4, CUPA-HR had the opportunity to testify in support of the Legal Workforce Act before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Jill Blitstein, international employment manager at North Carolina State University, testified on behalf of CUPA-HR. In her testimony, Blitstein shared her experiences with e-verify and CUPA-HR’s support for the bill. She also offered several suggestions CUPA-HR has for improving the Legal Workforce Act, which are intended to make it easier for colleges and universities to complete the verification process and maintain compliance.
Nearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the number of adjuncts across the country also comes a push by unions to organize them. How can institutions lessen the likelihood that adjunct faculty will feel the need to collectively bargain?