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Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Wins Committee Approval

by CUPA-HR

On March 30, the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) favorably reported out the nomination of President Trump’s choice for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta. Approved in a 12-11 vote along party lines, Acosta’s nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration.

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How to Set the Stage for a Successful Inclusivity Program

by Missy Kline

By taking a thoughtful approach to inclusivity, an organization can help its people learn to model respect for one another, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, sexual orientation, ability and any of the other characteristics that are “different,” yet make each of us who we are.

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Trump Signs “Blacklisting” Resolution of Disapproval

by CUPA-HR

On March 27, President Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving of the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule (the blacklisting rules) which permanently blocks implementation of the rule and any similar regulations in the future.

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Higher Ed Presidents Seeing More Take-Home Pay, But Fewer Perks

by Missy Kline

Data from CUPA-HR’s 2017 Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey show that higher ed administrators saw an average median base salary increase of 2.2 percent over last year. However, the percentage of institutions providing full subsidies for executive-only perks like housing, vehicles and club memberships dropped significantly over the year prior.

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How to Conduct a Thorough Title IX Investigation

by Julie Boggs

Two Title IX coordinators from Rosemont College share the steps they take when investigating Title IX claims on campus, from assessing a report to notifying the individual(s) involved to conducting interviews and more.

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Minorities Are Paid Equitably, But Are Underrepresented in Higher Ed Leadership

by Missy Kline

According to new research from CUPA-HR, while there has been a steady increase in the representation of minorities in higher education administrative positions over the last 15 years, the increase in the minority population in the U.S. and the increase in the percentage of minorities holding a college degree (which is required for these top jobs) greatly outpace these numbers.

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Why and How One University Hit the Reset Button on Performance Management

by Missy Kline

Performance reviews in the vast majority of organizations follow this trajectory: setting objectives, feedback, manager assessment and rating, consensus meeting, salary/bonus decisions. But does this process really work? Is it efficient? Is it consistent across the organization? Is it viewed as a value-add? Most people would answer with a resounding “no.” So what’s the solution? For Pennsylvania State University, it was blowing up its current process and starting fresh.

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CUPA-HR CEO Andy Brantley Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Overtime Rule

by Missy Kline

During his remarks, Brantley relayed higher education’s concerns with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s recent overtime rule and the complicated process institutions underwent in order to comply by the rule's effective date, while also expressing the importance of a salary update and providing suggestions for moving forward.

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Gender Gap Persists in Higher Ed’s C-Suite

by Missy Kline

While women have made gains over the past 15 years with regard to their representation in higher education administrative jobs, little progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in top executive positions in the nation’s colleges and universities. In fact, according to new research from CUPA-HR, women occupy only 30 percent of the senior-most positions in higher education.

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Confirmation Hearings Continue for Trump’s Cabinet Picks

by CUPA-HR

Fourteen of the president's Cabinet nominees have either just concluded or still face confirmation hearings by the Senate committee of jurisdiction for their designated post and a confirmation vote by the full Senate.

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