HR program earns national recognition

Shippensburg University’s human resource program has been recognized as being aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management’s human resource curriculum guidelines.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is an association that serves the needs and improves the capabilities of all human resource professionals. In 2006, the SHRM board began an initiative to define and develop human resource education programs across the country. The initiative hopes to help develop a common, minimum skill set in students, which human resources professionals look for when hiring employees.

According to Dr. Vicki Taylor, associate professor of management and faculty adviser for the university’s SHRM chapter, to receive this recognition, the department submitted curriculum guidelines, information regarding the university, the John L. Grove College of Business and the human resources program, all of which were reviewed by SHRM.

The review consisted of whether the degree program includes required human resources-specific content in such areas as employee and labor relations; employment law, job analysis and job design; organizational development; performance management; recruitment and selections; strategic human resource management; and compensation and benefits.

“Alignment with SHRM not only provides our program with public recognition, but it also provide professors at Shippensburg with case studies and academic teaching modules that have been developed for use in academic settings by recognized professionals in the field of HR,” said Taylor.

In addition, the university’s program will be recognized on SHRM’s website including a link on the site which is a common resource for potential students seeking to determine where they would like to go to school. The recognition, Taylor said, also allows the university to affirm to students that it is aligned with SHRM and graduates will be able to assure prospective employers that they have completed a robust and comprehensive human resources-specific curriculum.

For more information, contact Taylor at