Human Resources

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What college presidents must do before the axe falls

December, 2017
George Birnbaum is New York-based attorney specializing in the academic, finance and media sectors.

What can senior academic executives do to protect themselves in an axe-happy environment? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

Higher education diversity, from the top down

December, 2017
Source: “The Representation and Pay of Women and Minorities in Higher Education Administration: Institutions That Are Getting It Right,” cupahr.org, 2017

In many cases, institutions are not creating a more inclusive atmosphere for top female and minority administrators by paying them as much as their white, male peers.

‘Run like a business but act like a college’

October, 2017

The strategic plans of every administrator and department must work collectively toward the overall goals of a college or university.

HR software handles complex tasks in the cloud

August, 2017
Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

The University of Santa Monica has implemented an HR information system along with a new management platform called Employee Self-Onboarding by BambooHR.

Healthcare: Insurance policy challenges

July, 2017
CARE CONVENIENCE—University of Pittsburgh's 12,000 faculty and staff can visit the on-campus, no-cost UPMC MyHealth@Work Health and Wellness Center for everyday ailments, vaccinations and access to health and wellness resources.

Health insurance is a hot topic in Congress, and that’s not the only place. Each year, campus leaders are confronted by a daunting need to contain costs while providing benefits expected by employees.

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Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle—and the fact that payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying affected individuals.

 Financially, the student population of any community college is diverse. From new students to lifelong learners to professionals looking for new skills, each comes with different circumstances and expectations. Accommodating everyone is complex. It’s no secret that community colleges nationwide are continually working around budget cuts and staffing shortfalls. For Illinois Central College, rethinking its campus commerce strategy provided a roadmap to overcoming these challenges while still providing outstanding service and a learning environment focused on success for all.

Ricky Fuentes, the director of user services at Clovis Community College in New Mexico, was staring down two challenges: Providing dedicated servers upon request and refining the backup process on those servers.

“If a department says they had software that needs a dedicated server, I would have to find a vendor to help build out a server, which would take weeks,” says Fuentes. “And with the servers that we did have, the backup process seemed kind of archaic, and I wasn’t really comfortable with it.”

Over the past decade, the eLearning team at Seminole State College of Florida saw video organically grow to become a regular part of students’ learning experiences. But as different instructors and departments were starting to adopt the technology, there was a lack of standardization, which quickly began to create a number of new challenges when it came to recording, streaming and sharing video across campus.