Cornell University’s New Online Courses for Spring 2002: A Path to Career Advancement for HR Professionals

February 13, 2002

Cornell University announces two new online professional education courses in the field of Human Resources Management from its School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR):

  • ‘Selection and Staffing’

    Proven, practical techniques to build on the Human Resource

    professional’s skills and knowledge in recruiting, screening, hiring,

    succession planning, and other major performance areas.

  • ‘Fundamentals of Compensation’

    Technical skills and practical knowledge to understand total

    compensation, align an organization’s compensation program with its

    strategic goals, conduct a compensation analysis by examining and

    integrating internal and external data, and much more.

Both courses are offered by eCornell (at Susan W. Brecher, Director of Curriculum and Training Design at Cornell University’s Metropolitan District Office of The New York State School of ILR serves as eCornell’s academic leader of the Human Resources Studies Certificate Program. She has developed and led programs for the School of ILR for the past 17 years, and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of employment practices and alternative dispute resolution. She also has a degree in law.

The two new courses join the ongoing eCornell courses: ‘Human Resources and the Law’ and ‘Fundamentals of Employee Benefits.’ These four, in conjunction with two courses coming later this spring, allow participants to earn a Cornell Certificate in Human Resources Studies. Each of these courses reflects the content and expertise of the instructors who teach in the ILR Management Programs.

“The question we’re most often asked by prospective students, many of whom have never experienced on-line learning, is: ‘Is going online for courses really the same as attending a class?'” says Brecher. “Yes and no. Yes, our online courses are just as relevant and vital to understanding the complex issues that face today’s Human Resources practitioners as our classroom courses are, but in key ways the eCornell experience is different,” says Brecher. “The beauty of an online course of study is that students can participate when and where it’s most convenient for them. At eCornell, the course material encourages all students to participate by interacting with instructors and with each other. We find that some students are more comfortable participating intensely online than they are in a face-to-face classroom.”

Learning should never be a passive experience. eCornell has enriched the lesson plans and limited the class size to 20 to ensure that distance learning students get the most from their time online. The innovative eCornell format seeks out new viewpoints and deepens the level of online exploration and learning.

eCornell courses follow the same curriculum as the School of ILR’s classroom courses, and Human Relations professionals may combine online and classroom courses in order to earn a Certificate in Human Relations from Cornell University. Cornell’s ILR School offers classroom courses at locations throughout New York State.

eCornell is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cornell University. eCornell courses offer executives, managers and professionals the highest quality educational experience using the latest Internet collaborative technology. Courses begin the first week of every month, and each course takes approximately four weeks to complete. For more information or to register, visit at or call 1-866-ecornell.