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Mercyhurst HR program earns national recognition

Friday, June 9, 2017

Kimberly Zacherl

The competitive global marketplace combined with the increasingly strategic nature of the human resources profession demand a higher level of preparedness by today’s HR graduates than in years past, according to Kimberly J. Zacherl, who directs the human resource management program at Mercyhurst University.

With that in mind, Zacherl said she is excited to announce that Mercyhurst’s HR program has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for being aligned with the organization’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

The guidelines – created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 – are part of SHRM’s academic initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and to help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

The recognition by SHRM is a bonus for Mercyhurst HR students, Zacherl said, because it ensures students are well prepared to perform human resource functions in the for-profit, non-profit, and public workforce sectors.

“The field is becoming very competitive and practitioners who hire entry-level HR professionals tell us that the selection criteria is quite stringent,” Zacherl said. “So, to have our program’s curriculum recognized by the national society speaks volumes for the way we are preparing our HR students.”

Another assurance that SHRM’s endorsement provides is the opportunity for students to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam sooner than students who are in an HR degree program not aligned with SHRM.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HR managers is expected to grow by nine percent each year until 2024. The bureau reports a median salary of $104,440 annually for HR managers.

To see all the schools recognized by SHRM, visit the following website.