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How Will Growth of Online Learning Influence Contingent Labor in Higher Education?

May 28, 2020 2:04:21 PM

Like so many other industries, the Higher Education industry is sailing through uncharted waters when it comes to the use and utilization of contingent labor resources in a pandemic age. Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Higher Ed had been working to strike the most effective balance between the stability of full-time, tenure-track faculty and the flexibility of contingent workers. However, the overnight and wholesale flight of education from the “dirt world” to the digital/online world has upended the conventional wisdom on how to approach contingent labor utilization in Higher Ed. While there is no clear direction forward, here are some considerations for those tasked with managing workforce for institutions of higher learning.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management, Independent contractors, Procurement, Higher Education

Revisiting the Impact of Online Learning on Higher Ed Contingent Workforce Hiring in a COVID-19 World

May 14, 2020 3:47:04 PM

Toward the end of 2018, nextSource Blog published an article highlighting the robust growth of online study and the impact of this trend on the utilization of contingent workforce assets among higher education organizations. Today, as students all over the world are forced to engage in studies online due to COVID-19, we are reexamining how this trend has accelerated to light speed almost overnight. What are the ramifications for hiring authorities within higher education as this wholesale shift changes how schools operate?

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management, Independent contractors, Procurement, Higher Education

Staffing Industry Braces for Surge in Demand for Contract Workers as Online Higher Education Enrollment Poised to Explode

Mar 26, 2020 4:28:43 PM

For the last several years, nextSource has reported periodically on the increased use of contract workers in the Higher Education industry. We’ve also written at length about the rise of online education and how the staffing industry was forced to grapple with yet another industry competing for contract workers with the technical skill sets required to build out and maintain online learning systems. With the current COVID-19 crisis forcing nearly all activities into the cyber space, will Higher Education organizations see a spike in new online learning enrollments? Let’s examine the trends for some evidence to support this possibility.

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Topics: Blog, Statement of Work, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Workforce Management, Higher Education

Online Education Driving Higher Ed Contingent Workforce

Oct 25, 2018 3:33:37 PM

Often, the flexibility and freedom enabled by a well-designed contingent workforce compels innovation and change within an industry. Yet sometimes, as in the case of the higher education industry, pioneering changes drive the need for more smartly designed workforce management plans. Let’s examine the very interesting dynamics unfolding within higher education and how they’re driving growth and improvement in workforce planning practices.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Technology, Gig Economy, Higher Education

Without Procurement/HR Collaboration, Higher Ed Misses Cost Savings and Faster Fulfillment

May 17, 2018 4:13:43 PM

My team and I derived many valuable insights from attending a recent event focusing on procurement trends in higher education. We learned a great deal about the dynamics surrounding contingent workforce management challenges facing the higher education industry. This blog focuses on the struggles with procurement of contingent labor and some potential solutions we developed after careful consideration of the dynamics in play.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Procurement, Higher Education