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As the competition for top-notch faculty increases, human resource (HR) departments in higher education are experiencing a key transformation—and this shift has important implications for colleges and universities.

Traditionally, campus HR departments have largely been “personnel shops,” says John Thornburgh, a senior partner at the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. In other words, they have focused mainly on the basics of administration, compliance, developing and enforcing rules and regulations, and other tactical elements of managing employees.

However, today’s campus HR departments are becoming much more strategic in their approach by focusing on how they can recruit, attract, develop, and retain the best employees for their institutions. This shift reflects the changes that have occurred in the private sector, Thornburgh notes, where companies are investing heavily in the tools and staff needed to hire and retain top talent.…Read More

This 1 resource gives colleges a huge advantage

Resourceful universities are using an HR tool in an innovative way that’s giving them a leg-up in the student recruitment race

HR-PI-students When times get tough, and your wallet is looking a little less plump than usual, that’s when you realize your coffee table makes a great ironing board and your dishwasher makes a nice vegetable steamer. In other words, nothing sparks innovation like having to do more with less.

And as colleges and universities across the country continue to feel the burden of tightening budgets while feeling the pressure to attract and retain great staff, and also ensuring students are successful post-graduation, there’s a relatively old human resources (HR) tool that’s getting more bang for its buck and helping resourceful institutions keep ahead of the game.

It’s called the Predictive Index (PI) and it measures motivating needs and workforce behaviors…it’s also been around since 1955 in one form or another. Designed to help employers comply with their obligations under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, it can be used for both selection and career development opportunities.…Read More