Regent: U of Colorado Needs 'Concerted Effort' Toward Political Diversity On Faculty

A University of Colorado regent suggested Friday that the board's vision statement include a line about the school making an effort to have political diversity on its faculty.

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Wayne State's Tenure Proposal Stirs Academic Controversy

As Wayne State University's faculty negotiates a new labor contract, school officials are offering proposals that faculty members say would abolish tenure for academic staff — and make Wayne State among the first research universities in the nation to do so.

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Endowed Staff: An Emerging Trend?

Rollins College (Fla.) recently hired a director of community engagement. While the position is not unusual, the funding for it might be. An alumnus gave a $1 million donation to endow the position. Donations from David Lord and his family helped establish and support the community engagement office through the years, so he knew the next logical step to expand the program was hiring a director, explains Joe Monti, director of foundation relations. This is the second endowed staff position at Rollins, the other being at their Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Picture Perfect

Managing the employment lifecycle with talent management software

Are the processes of recruiting, employee performance appraisals, recognition, and succession planning at your institution in separate pieces like a jigsaw puzzle? Or are they linked, forming one clear picture about your campus’s talent resources and needs?

Talent management software is helping campus HR professionals connect the pieces to develop a more accurate picture of employees’ abilities and skill gaps­—and in some cases even changing the way HR operates.

Award-Winning Transitions

In June, 15 colleges and universities were recognized by the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for innovative practices in supporting faculty before, during, and after their retirement transitions. The awards focused on efforts to support the development of a legacy for retiring faculty, help them transition into retirement, and keep faculty involved in the academic community during their retirement years.

Examples of the measures recognized include:

Retiring Minds Want to Know

How institutions are making voluntary retirement programs work

It’s an increasingly common move by campus officials during challenging economic times: voluntary retirement. Offering these incentives to faculty and staff provides a ready means of reducing personnel costs while not being seen as severe and traumatic as layoffs, salary reductions, and furloughs tend to be.

Although the details of such plans vary from one college to the next, they all rest on the potential for shrinking the workforce during times of static or declining budgets.

State Lawmakers To Investigate TSU Grading

The state Senate will hold hearings into allegations that officials at Tennessee State University changed more than 100 students’ grades without instructors’ permission.

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Campus Jobs Rise In Recession

The University System of Georgia has added more than 5,000 employees since the start of the Great Recession, pumping up its payroll while the rest of state government eliminated 10,000 jobs.

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Unions For 9 N.J. Colleges Agree To 4-Year Contract

The union representing full-time faculty, librarians and professional staff at nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey has reached a tentative labor contract with the state.

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New CDW-G Survey Finds “Learn Now, Lecture Later” Model Emerging in Education

Teachers and Students Report Shift Away from Lecture-Only Classes, Along with Increased Use of Classroom Technology Compared to Just Two Years Ago

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