Human Resources

Human Resources: Laying the Groundwork for Successors' Success

Don't let outgoing executives' knowledge leave campus when they do.

Universities and colleges go to great lengths to find secure systems to help protect their critical data or proprietary information. Yet, some of the most important information can walk through a campus' front gates without anyone batting an eye.

The Grass Isn't Always Greener

Pros and Cons of administrative outsourcing.

The most frequent out-sourced human resource functions at any college or university are usually payroll, employee assistance programs (EAP), and benefits administration. IHEs are certainly doing it, but at the end of the day, does outsourcing really save money?

To Tell the Truth

It's an institution's duty to ensure that new hires are who they say they are.

Think about all of the job candidates you've interviewed over the past several years. There's a very good chance that one-third of them lied on their resume.

Studies have shown that at least that percentage of job candidates exaggerate, embellish, or flat-out lie about their responsibilities, college degrees, and employment dates.

The Perfect Fit

Whether it's by growing their own leaders or getting outsiders to come in, institutions are finding ways to attract the best candidates for open positions.

Staff recruitment in high-er ed has become more competitive today, as schools compete to hire the best and brightest. Here's how institutions are making themselves attractive to both current and potential employees.

The Other Minority

As employers, colleges and universities must ask themselves if enough is being done to bring in and accommodate the developmentally and physically disabled.

Think "workplace diversity," and people of various races and ethnicities likely come to mind. But those with disabilities are a group not to be forgotten.

Reining in Health-Care Costs

A little creativity can go a long way in managing the health-care crisis.

Universities have been more creative recently in controlling rising health-care costs for faculty and staff members. It's a defensive move: Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have been rising dramatically--premiums went up 59 percent, or five times the rate of inflation, between 2000 and 2004, according to a Health Research and Educational Trust survey. Still, cost-saving options are available, from self-insurance plans to stronger wellness programs to giving employees the chance to have telephone consultations with health-care providers.

Schools Cope with Federal Overtime Rules

Regulation changes have increased the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.

HR Software Options Can Be Overwhelming

How technology increases flexibility and security, and reduces administrative tasks.

Diverse Faculty Reflects Diverse World

You've worked hard to create a student melting pot, but what about your faculty?

Higher education institutions today realize the benefits of diversity, and recognize the contributions and achievements of a diverse faculty; not just one that is diverse in terms of race and gender, but one that is diverse in talents, experience, and teaching approaches. A diverse (in terms of race and gender) student body bodes well for attracting a diverse faculty, and vice versa.

The Administrator's Secret Weapon

Uncovering the hidden talent of your administrative staff.