The Human Resources System at Texas Tech University
Human Resource Management, MBA 533
Dr. Rina Coronel
February 24, 2013
Texas Tech University is a teaching and research institution that offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in numerous disciplines. It is located in Lubbock, Texas and was founded in 1923. Texas Tech has an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students and there are an estimated 9,000 full-time employees, which includes faculty and staff (J. Billingsley, personal communication, February 2013). In addition, there are roughly 4,000 part-time employees. Texas Tech is a large, public university and is part of the University of Texas system and the mission statement of the university is as follows:
“As a public research university, Texas Tech advances knowledge through innovative
and creative teaching, research and scholarship. The university is dedicated to student
success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive
workforce. The university is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic
development of the state, nation and world.” Enrollment has increased by approximately 5,000 over the past decade, which has necessitated an increase in faculty and staff (C. Cook, personal communication, January 2013). As is the case with the human resources management of any large organization, the one at Texas Tech focuses on job design issues, training activities, selection approaches, performance appraisal and promotion systems, pay parts and other benefits and general supervisory styles. Grace Hernandez is the Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President of Administration and oversees the human resources management of the university. Jodie Billingsley is the Managing Director of Human Resources and is responsible for the day-to-day activities within the department. Ms. Hernandez has been at Texas Tech since the fall of 2008 and Ms. Billingsley started in early 2012.
Human Resources Department
The Human Resources Department (HRD) at Texas Tech University has 29 full-time employees broken down as follows: three senior administrative staff, including the chief of staff and associate vice president of administration, 11 individuals in the Employee Services Center, seven staff members in Compensation and Operations and eight individuals in Talent Management (TTU Human Resources, Staff Directory, 2013). The fact the university has dedicated this many staff members to the human resources management of the organization indicates a commitment to the area.
Per the strategic plan of the HRD at the university, the vision statement is as follows:
“Texas Tech is recognized as a premier institution and a workplace of choice. This work
environment and high performance culture is built on a community that promotes
work/life balance and encourages individuals to use their unique talents to make a
difference through their service. It is further an environment of inclusion, cooperation,
and respect.” Further, the mission statement of the HRD is as follows:
“To promote student learning by attracting, retaining, and supporting a diverse, fully
engaged, workforce who produce exceptional results.” Based on these, it appears the HRD is concerned about providing quality service for the main mission of the university as a whole, which is to promote student learning. In addition, the vision and mission statements signify the university’s desire to provide a valuable work environment for its employees that stresses work/life balance, diversity and employee engagement.
Forecasting Human Resources Demand
Two key elements to HR planning involve forecasting demand for human resources and analyzing employee supply to meet the demand (Ivancevich & Konopaske, 2013). Forecasting demands for employees allows an organization to estimate its future staffing requirements (Ivancevich & Konopaske, 2013). This forecast could estimate...
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