The Higher Education Workplace

Vol. 9, No. 1 | Spring 2017


The Pros and Cons of Using Social Media in Vetting Job Applicants
By Maureen De Armond
The internet has become a tempting avenue for job applicant vetting, but many organizations are using this approach without taking the appropriate steps to manage the legal risks and maximize the potential rewards. This article highlights some of these risks and rewards and offers tips on how to implement an online vetting policy or process.

Building an Organizational Culture of Work/Life Balance and Wellbeing
In an effort to increase morale and engagement and reduce employee stress levels, George Mason University is placing a strategic emphasis on work/life balance and employee wellbeing. As such, Mason’s HR team has gone to great lengths to implement a wide range of programming and resources to help Mason employees navigate the ins and outs of work and life and focus on their wellbeing.

Passing the Fairness Test: The Case Against Per Capita Fees in Defined Contribution Plans 
By Edward Moslander, Benjamin Goodman and David P. Richardson
Part of a defined contribution plan sponsor’s fiduciary obligation is to ensure the fair and appropriate allocation of fees paid by participants. In this article, the authors examine several fee structures and make the case for a pro rata approach.

The Wildfire Experience: Takeaways, Advice and Lessons Learned
As the 2016-17 Wildfire program winds down, we caught up with this year’s participants to chat with them about what they’ve learned from their Wildfire experience and what the program has meant to them personally and professionally, as well as their thoughts on how managers and leaders can cultivate and support their early-career professionals.


A Word From the President and CEO


  • Many Americans Are Stressed About Retirement, Aren’t Taking Steps to Prepare
  • Trump Administration Backs Termination of ACICS
  • State of Paid Parental Leave: Who Offers It and How Much Do They Give?

Inclusion Cultivates Excellence
Principles of Inclusivity: How One University’s Focus on Inclusivity Is Shaping Campus Culture

On the Hill
A New President: A Look at His Policies and His Cabinet

Fresh Ideas
HR as a Key Player in Organizational Change: How HR Is Helping Drive Excellence at Florida International University

CUPA-HR Community
All things CUPA-HR

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