How Colleges and Universities Can Realize Strategic Improvements Despite Budget Constrictions and Lean Staffing

New report shows data and technology are key to doing more with less

Higher education leaders have many plans to improve talent management.

Priority to improve in the next year:

  • Onboarding
  • Recruiting
  • Performance management (staff)
  • Analytics
  • Personnel actions
  • Search committee management

Priority to improve in the next 2-3 years:

  • Learning and development
  • Annual faculty reviews
  • Workforce planning
  • Succession planning
  • Performance management (faculty)
  • Performance management (staff)

28% expect a decrease and 58% expect no change in talent management technology budgets.
More than a third of organizational development, learning and development, and systems and technology operations teams are inadequately staffed for normal operations.

So they’re using their data to identify opportunities and take action.

From 2016 to 2017, colleges and universities improved their ability to analyze talent management data by 32%.
Ease of using predictive insights to make organizational changes jumped from 25% in 2016 to 36% in 2017.

Talent management technology budgets

Ease of using predictive insights

These gains are driven by process maturity, as more than 40% of institutions use electronic processes for reporting and analytics activities.

Conversely, paper-based processes are most commonly used for:

  • Learning and development
  • Annual faculty reviews
  • Performance management (faculty)
  • Onboarding and other processes identified as immature or inefficient.

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