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  • New!   Career Fitness: Build a League of Advocates - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Peter Weddle
    Way back in 1956, the psychologist George Miller wrote a paper describing the limits of human memory.  His research found that the number of objects we humans can hold in short term working memory is 7 ± 2.  That's the amount of information we can effectively process at any one point in time.
  • New!   Game of Thrones - College Course - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    DEKALB, Illinois (AP) -- Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."
  • New!   A New Supervisor's Toolkit - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    It hides under many wordings, but there's one interview question many candidates looking for their first supervisory position dread: What's your supervisory style? The question is hard because, of course, the answer is, "It depends." But "It depends" doesn't sound very professional.
  • STEM in Higher Education: Examining Why the "M" (Mathematics) Matters - HigherEd Careers Interview, April 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    From grade school to grad school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is a hot topic in education. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM-related jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, whereas non-STEM related jobs are only expected to grow by 9.8 percent.
  • Big score: College bowl game payouts surpass $500 million - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Ralph D. Russo
    Thanks to the College Football Playoff, bowl games paid more than a half billion dollars to conferences and schools last season, the largest payout ever and an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series.
  • Beignets, Social Media, and Controversy at NASPA 2015 - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    From March 22 through March 25, more than 7,000 student affairs professionals and would-be student affairs professionals descended on New Orleans to network, learn, and according to one controversy, flirt and drink (more on that later). An additional 300 or so people attended the conference virtually.
  • LinkedIn spends a billion on education company in aim to develop world’s first “Economic Graph”  External Article - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by eCampusNews
    LinkedIn, one of the world’s largest professional networks on the Internet with more than 300 million members worldwide, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, an online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills with the aim of helping people achieve their professional goals.
  • Pay Up 2 Percent for Hourly Higher Ed Employees - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    The first time the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) collected pay rates for hourly employees was last year, 2013-2014. That means that this year (2014-2015) is the first time CUPA-HR was able to compare rates and measure pay raises for hourly employees.
  • Disabled and Employed: Making it Work - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Annie Harris
    Disability advocate Annie Harris' recent memoir discusses the unique challenges she faces as both an African-American woman and a woman living with cerebral palsy. She recently spoke with Kelly Cherwin about some of the issues those with disabilities face in employment, and how the higher ed field can help people with disabilities work past the challenges.
  • University of Wisconsin Wants Higher Tuition for Grad Students, Out-of-Staters - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nine University of Wisconsin System schools plan to ask regents this week for permission to dramatically raise tuition for graduate and non-resident students to help offset big cuts Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed in his state budget.
  • The Pros and Cons of Being a Title IX Coordinator - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    Title IX is a huge topic at higher education institutions throughout the country. With a growing national conversation about the issues of gender-based discrimination, campuses are under pressure to, and genuinely want to, make sure their institution isn't discriminating. Title IX coordinators and other Title IX positions are a big part of that movement, and positions in the field are increasing.
  • Chief Diversity Officers: Seeking Higher Ground in Higher Ed - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Oliver B. Tomlin, Witt/Kieffer
    Earlier this month I had the opportunity to briefly address the audience at the annual conference of ADOHE, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. In my few minutes at the podium, I spoke optimistically about what I, as an executive search consultant, am seeing in the market for diversity officers as well as in the evolution of the position.
  • How to Tell Your Story Without a Self-Evaluation - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    Candidates who don't interview well often lament, "I just don't like talking about myself." A positive self-evaluation can be challenging for those of us who are self-effacing. Especially in higher education, there are many professionals who would rather talk about their area of expertise or the students they serve.
  • Navigating the Unexpected: The Importance of Mentoring for Student Affairs Professionals - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Kelci Lynn Lucier
    While those involved in student affairs may recognize the importance of both formally and informally mentoring students, practitioners may not always recognize the opportunities available from professional-to-professional mentoring relationships.
  • Why Mentors Matter: Faculty Members and the Unexpected - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Kelci Lynn Lucier
    Carnegie Mellon's Mentors & Colleagues guidebook discusses what faculty mentorship can offer to those new to teaching at a college or university. "Among the essential skills and insights newcomers can learn from senior faculty," the guidebook notes, "are how to balance the various roles of academic life, how to negotiate departmental politics and how and when to say 'no' to unnecessary volunteer duties."
  • Obama Unveils Plan for Free College Parking - Career Tools Article, April 2015
    by Sidd Finch
    Gaining access to higher education is becoming more of a burden for Americans. In response, President Barack Obama today announced a proposal that would make it easier to get into college.
  • University of Phoenix Owner Apollo Education Posts 2Q Loss - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    PHOENIX (AP) -- For-profit education company Apollo Education Group posted a second-quarter loss and said student enrollment fell at its flagship University of Phoenix. The company also offered a disappointing revenue outlook for the year.
  • Eight Interview Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    At the recent NASPA 2015 conference in New Orleans Meghan Godorov, assistant director of career development at Mount Holyoke College and Sarah Bollinger, assistant director of career development at Muhlenberg College, presented the top eight interview mistakes they see people making.
  • Median Salaries Up 2.2 Percent for Higher Ed Professionals - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    According to the 2014-15 Professionals in Higher Education Salary Survey, released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), professionals at public institutions, especially those at associate's institutions, are finally outpacing their peers.
  • Limber up for that Search - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Fitness leads to readiness. When runners train for marathons they cross-train by lifting weights, taking yoga classes, and mentally preparing for the endurance the race requires.
  • Changing Campus Culture-Residential Colleges: A look at how they work at some schools - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Holly Ramer
    Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior.
  • The Placement Exchange (TPE) On-Site - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    It's hard to explain the TPE On-Site Event unless you've seen it for yourself. More than 360 institutions with 700+ openings in student affairs, more than 1,100 candidates scheduling 8,000+ interviews all in a four day period, all in one place; not to mention interview coaching, round table sessions and... NEW ORLEANS FOOD!
  • Shared Governance and the Rise to Prominence of American Colleges and Universities - Author In Residence, March 2015
    by Larry G. Gerber
    Although I take rankings of colleges and universities with a large grain of salt, there can be little doubt that American institutions are globally preeminent. A Chinese ranking of the world's best universities places American institutions in eight of the top 10 positions and 32 out of the top 50.
  • The Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries - HigherEd Careers Interview, March 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Over the past decade libraries have changed from being quiet repositories of books to active community centers "filled" with both physical and digital materials. How can libraries grow to meet changing needs while still fulfilling their original missions? How can librarians be trained to handle the unknown needs of the future? In this month’s interview we talk with Jennifer Paustenbaugh, head of Brigham Young University’s library.
  • Survey Shows 2 Percent Pay Raise for Tenured Faculty - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    Tenure provides professors job security as well as financial security. But what kind of pay increases can tenured or tenure-track professors expect?

    The College and University Professional Association of Human Resources (CUPA-HR) today released findings from its 2014-15