Fall 2019 - Issue 8 TB Connects


The CHROs of TBC’s member institutions were thrilled to kick off their learning and networking program for director-level HR staff last month at Emerson. The program, The Evolving Nature of Human Resources in Higher Education, will lead participants through eight sessions focused on major topics of importance in HR. A capstone project focused on collaboration and problem solving between TBC institutions, especially in the focus areas presented during the sessions, wraps up the academic-year program next spring.

During a strategic planning session last year, the CHROs identified professional development for their staff as a near-term goal for their cohort. To make this program unique to TBC and its mission, the collaborative capstone project was added to the framework. The hope is that participants will expand their skill sets in human resources while forging new relationships across TBC’s institutions, which could ultimately lead to opportunities for new strategic offerings and shared services.

Special thanks to Shari Stier, Senior Associate Vice President and CHRO, Emerson College, and Larry Lewellen, Interim Vice President for Human Resources, Brandeis University, for leading the first session, and to Shari and George Cangiano, Vice President/CHRO, Bentley University, who are serving as mentors for the capstone groups.

Wishing you a happy fall,
Kitty Kennedy
Executive Director

developments in higher education

You Are Invited!

Join CBIZ & MHM, in collaboration with The Boston Consortium for Higher Education, for an afternoon update covering timely topics that higher education organizations should be monitoring, such as the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law, opportunities for savings in healthcare plans, and a legislative update on the latest TCJA guidance and its impact on tax-exempt institutions.


Ronald Morrison, Business Unit President, CBI Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc.
Stéphanie Smith, Partner, Casner & Edwards
Craig Klein, Tax Managing Director, CBIZ & MHM


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. General Session

Date and Location

Friday, November 8, 2019
Olin College of Engineering (Milas Hall Auditorium)
1000 Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492


The seminar is complimentary for members.
Space for this seminar is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
To register, please visit Developments in Higher Education.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Smith, Director of Programs at The Boston Consortium for Higher Education at 339.225.3824, or Liz Cazeault, Marketing Specialist at CBIZ & MHM at 617.761.0731.
Please note: For parking, please enter the campus at "Olin Way" and follow the road around to the left to parking lot A, which provides access to all campus buildings, including Milas Hall Auditorium.

2 CPE credits will be available - more information to come.

Millions of Americans Unprepared for REAL ID…


Did you know that nearly three-quarters of Americans are unprepared for REAL ID, the law passed in 2005 requiring proper identification for ALL travelers seeking to board a flight beginning October 1, 2020.
Millions could be prevented from boarding a plane if they do not have a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or another approved form of identification to board a flight.
A recent survey by an industry trade association found that 72 percent of Americans either do not have a REAL ID license or are unsure if they do and 57 percent said they are not aware of the deadline. Further, if REAL ID standards were in place right now, up to 78,500 air travelers could be turned away at TSA checkpoints on the first day. Imagine the disruption!
What can you do to help…Educate your Community!

  • Encourage your employees to visit their state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID. At a minimum, they may be asked to provide documentation showing: 1) Full Legal Name; 2) Date of Birth; 3) Social Security Number; 4) Two Proofs of Address of Principal Residence; and 5) Lawful Status.
  • Encourage your employees to apply for a passport. A decade ago, there was a huge surge in passport demand because of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. As a result, 10-year passports are set to expire in the near future. Remind your employees to apply for renewal now!
  • Consider TSA PreCheck or Global Entry for an expedited security clearance. Global Entry not only affords an efficient process for getting through customs checkpoints, but it also automatically enrolls you in TSA PreCheck, granting you speedy clearance at airports across the country.

Some helpful websites to share:

Questions? See your travel manager or email Susan Chase at schase@boston-consortium.org