HERC Teams with NEOED to Explore the Future of Technology in Higher Ed Workforces in New Report
EL SEGUNDO, CA AND SAN FRANCISCO, CA – NEOED has partnered with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) to publish, “Modernization, Development & DEI: The Future Role of Workforce Technology in Higher Education.” The report, sourced from a survey of nearly 200 professionals working in higher education at a variety of two-year and four-year institutions, finds that with the end of the pandemic in sight, educational institutions are looking to take the opportunity to disrupt the status quo of recruitment, onboarding, and workforce development. Download the full report here.
Despite early fears about slashed budgets, 81% of respondents expected to hire at the same rate or even higher for the upcoming year, further demonstrating a need to rapidly scale processes by leaning on technology. 75% of respondents said their upcoming investments in technology would focus on modernizing long-standing, outdated processes that hinder their ability to be agile when it comes to supporting a workforce.
Among the biggest concerns for respondents were attracting and retaining diverse talent, streamlining the onboarding process by going partially or completely virtual, supporting a combination of on-site and remote employees, and ramping up upskilling and training in anticipation of a wave of retiring baby boomers that will depart with institutional knowledge.
The survey that the report was based on also asked respondents to weigh in on their institutions’ overall digital maturity and how well their systems worked with one another. 50% of those surveyed said they were currently using a combination of software and paper or manual processes, and 45% stated that their HR software did not meet the needs of both HR and Academic Affairs. Elsewhere, only 12% of respondents felt that their campus’ current candidate screening process was extremely effective. One in ten said that better access to data and analytics in recruiting and the employee lifecycle was a dire need.
To get the full report and see where your institution stands in comparison to your peers, download it here.
ABOUT NEOED: Serving hundreds of educational institutions, NEOED is a leading provider of a comprehensive human capital management solution for education HR, including an applicant tracking system. Designed specifically with educational institutions’ needs in mind, NEOED’s suite of three integrated modules – Recruit, Develop, and Manage – provide a centralized cloud platform for managing the entire employee lifecycle, while maintaining the highest standards of compliance and a special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. More information at www.neoed.com.
ABOUT THE HIGHER EDUCATION RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM: The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a nonprofit consortium committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the higher education workforce. With over 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related organizations, HERC works to ensure member institutions are sites of belonging, where all faculty and staff can thrive. HERC provides resources, networking, and outreach programs to attract, hire, and retain a diverse and qualified workforce.