Human resources

Proposed policy at Florida Gulf Coast raises question of what a university is entitled to track about faculty members

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Proposed policy at Florida Gulf Coast U. raises question of what a university is entitled to track about every professor.

College cuts adjuncts' hours to avoid Affordable Care Act costs

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At one community college, the national health-care law would have assured adjuncts access to health insurance, but the institution is cutting their hours to avoid the requirement.

Many universities still have ad-hoc policies about lactation resources

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An American U. professor set off a debate over breast-feeding in class. Not everyone agrees on that issue, but most experts say colleges should make it easy for breast-feeding employees to pump. Are institutions doing their part?

Colorado State criticized for job posting favoring recent Ph.D.s

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Colorado State job ad says candidates must have earned Ph.D.s in 2010 or later -- and the unusual requirement has some academics seeing unfair bias against those who entered the job market at a terrible time.

 

Unusually public discussion of breast-feeding while teaching

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When student journalists asked professor about how she fed her sick infant during first day of class, she objected -- and told her story online. Amid all the discussion of family-friendly policies, is this an issue that remains undiscussed?

Faculty union in large community college system agrees to performance pay

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Faculty union at City Colleges of Chicago agrees to unusual, controversial contract, phasing out "step" raises and creating bonuses based on student outcomes.

Retirements spike at Illinois universities due to pension changes

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A change in the way the state calculates future pension payments for those in public universities prompted many to retire before July 2, months and years before they planned to do so.

College associations and faculty unions argue over collective bargaining at private institutions

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Higher ed associations tell NLRB that recent decades have seen few changes in professors’ power at private colleges. Unions beg to differ.

Study finds that those who stop the tenure clock earn less than those who don't

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Study finds faculty members who use the benefit are more likely than others to earn tenure -- but may end up earning less than comparable colleagues who don't. The biggest salary impact is on men.

Xavier ends birth control coverage

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A Catholic university that has allowed health insurance to include contraception tells employees they will lose that benefit.

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