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In a culture where we are taught to tough things out, it's not uncommon to be pushed beyond our limits at work and experience burnout, especially in academia. Summers off may give the impression of two to three months of leisure for instructors, but this is much-needed recovery time. For those in higher education who do not have summers off, or for whom this respite is still not enough, consider these strategies for self-care that can help stave off burnout.
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As a manager, how can you keep your stellar staff members engaged when there are no formal advancement opportunities to extend? These high performers tend to learn and evolve quickly, and keeping them motivated can be challenging. A meaningful alternative is to provide stretch assignments -- opportunities that are beyond the scope of team members’ job descriptions. They show your high performers that you recognize their ability and you support their continued growth.
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HigherEdJobs has invited with Janet Kidd Stewart to write a three-part series on financial literacy. She will cover what staff and administrators need to know and communicate to prospective students before they apply, while they're in school, and after they graduate. In this first blog, Stewart explains how schools can stand out as leaders in financial wellness and the importance of helping prospective students and their families understand the real costs associated with college.
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The Gates Foundation has been indirectly shaping K-12 education public policy for years. Now, they've launched a new lobbying initiative and started up a commission to determine the value of a college degree or certificate. A political scientist warns these moves could ultimately lead to the disqualification of students in certain programs from receiving federal financial aid and put some schools under increasing pressure to cut majors such as history, French, geography, and philosophy.
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President Donald Trump's order to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2017 sparked protests across the country, including at several colleges and universities, and a congressional effort to salvage the program. Now, the Supreme Court will decide whether Trump can terminate the Obama-era program, which shields young migrants from deportation. Until their decision is made, likely by June 2020, the DACA protections seem certain to remain in effect.
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While current books and scholarly articles compete for attention by outlining the top skills for being a great leader, some say it is merely a matter of encouraging the heart -- making employees feel appreciated, liked, empowered, and worthy. After all, one's feelings about their supervisor and work environment dramatically predetermine one's work success -- and therefore, the success of the enterprise itself. The good news? Encouraging the heart can be done easily.
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In Bringing White Men to the Table to Talk about Race, Daniel B. Griffith encouraged those traditionally identified as privileged in society to explore that privilege and contribute to conversations about race and diversity. Now, he shares some advice for coaching such individuals to become more culturally sensitive, aware, and supportive of others whose backgrounds and identities are different from their own. These six tips will help you provide a more productive coaching experience.
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CUPA-HR recently released the findings from their 2019 Healthcare Benefits for Higher Education Employees Survey, which gathered information from 365 higher education institutions about healthcare benefits for partners, types of plans offered, and the types of employees receiving healthcare benefits. Learn about the latest trends in benefits for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners, as well as part-time and retired employees.
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Higher education employment increased by 0.5 percent, or roughly 21,900 jobs, during the fourth quarter of 2018. The total number of jobs increased at both private and public institutions. Annually, higher education jobs increased by 0.4 percent in 2018, after increasing by 0.6 percent in 2017.
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College non-completers are an oft-overlooked population in the ever-changing landscape of higher education. This group not only presents an opportunity for higher education institutions to increase enrollment, but is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to filling gaps in states' workforces. With such potential riding on these individuals, here's a look at how institutions can better serve this population and ultimately help them complete their degrees.

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