Background check survey and practices in higher education

Background checks can be a helpful tool to aid an employer in their evaluation of potential candidates.

Most employers rely upon some level of background check screening to confirm the past employment experiences of the individuals in their workforce and to help measure applicants’ intangible qualities (e.g., character).  However, performing background checks can be a costly endeavor that, if done inconsistently, can increase an organization’s exposure to risks (e.g., legal, compliance and regulatory).  To obtain a better understanding of current background check practices in higher education, Baker Tilly:

  • Surveyed General Counsel and/or Human Resource (HR) representatives of five private Washington, DC, universities to understand their current background check practices and/or their future plans (see Appendix B, page 15)
  • Reviewed 29 additional university background check policies and procedures (See Appendix C, page 17)
  • Interviewed six employment screening providers to better understand non-higher education organization background check practices (see Appendix D, page 18)

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