Human Resources University

Coordinates: 38°53′41″N 77°02′39″W / 38.894719°N 77.044150°W / 38.894719; -77.044150
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Human Resources University
EstablishedFebruary 08, 2011[1]
ProvostKathryn M. Medina, Dr. Sydney Smith-Heimbrock
Students50,000 registered[2]
38°53′41″N 77°02′39″W / 38.894719°N 77.044150°W / 38.894719; -77.044150
Address1900 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.
HR University
AffiliationsUS Federal Government, OPM
WebsiteHRU Website

The Human Resources University (commonly referred to as HR University or HRU) was an award-winning learning and development platform created as part of the United States Office of Personnel Management which serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of human resources training to enhance the capabilities of the Federal workforce. HRU provided services to Federal human resources contractor personnel as well. Since inception HRU had more than 50,000 registered students from across the Federal government.[3] In April 2014 HRU received recognition for saving the Federal government over $100 million in cost savings in training costs.[4]

HRU’s mission was to offer a learning environment to develop qualified human resources professionals across the United States Federal Government. HRU was the primary training organization for the Federal Human Resources Workforce, and provided formal and informal training for students both in the classroom and on the job. HRU provided formal classroom and online training and had a virtually continuous presence with the workforce through online continuous learning and knowledge sharing on HRU's Web site. HRU’s training opportunities worked to enhance workplace performance and promote mission effectiveness in order to provide a foundation for the future of the Federal Human Resources workforce.

HRU provided the following services:

  • Leadership training
  • Online knowledge-sharing resources
  • Continuous learning training
  • Strategic partnerships with universities


The Human Resource University is managed by the Office of Personnel Management and is affiliated with the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council.

HRU was created as a result of critical necessity, identified in high-level studies by the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council in 2009.[5] This governance organization wanted to provide a professional career path and consistency of training content and opportunities for the Federal Human Resources Workforce. In 2011 HRU was founded by the CHCO Council, OPM, and with the assistance of the Executive Human Resources Community Leadership across the Federal Government.[6][7] HRU was managed by a Provost who reports to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. The founding Provost, who was also a co-creator of HRU, was Kathryn Medina and she served in this capacity from 2011 to 2012, overseeing the successful launch of HRU.[8] In its first two years, HRU had a huge impact on the government’s HR workforce, earning honors and recognition for the innovative platform that pooled government HR training together to reduce redundancy and waste.[1]

Present day[edit]

As of Friday, September 14, 2018, HR University ( is no longer an active website. Users will still be able to access available resources via and[9]


HRU has had two provosts lead it throughout HRU's history:[10]

  • Kathryn Medina (2011–2012)
  • Dr. Sydney Smith-Heimbrock (2012–Present)

Background information[edit]

HRU is located at the United States Office of Personnel Management headquarters in Washington, DC. HRU serves members of the Federal Human Resources Workforce who are located around the country and world. HRU is responsible for the training and career development of the more than 50,000 registered students, and has an extensive virtual presence online.


The Human Resources University is located within OPM Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


The applicant must have an affiliation with the United States Federal government in order to qualify to participate in training courses offered by HRU. Federal employees and contractor personnel supporting the government with Human Resource requirements are eligible to enroll and take courses.[11]


HRU also provides transcripts at no cost to the student.

HRU Resource Center[edit]

Enrolled HRU students are granted access to the HRU Resource Center.[12] The HRU Resource Center is the primary repository and distribution system of media on-demand productions presented by Federal Human Resources leaders, model practitioners, and HRU staff and faculty in multiple formats, designed to provide Federal Human Resource members with valuable training resources.

Course Catalog[edit]

The HRU Interactive Course Catalog provides up-to-date information regarding the university’s classroom and online learning assets, various developmental guides, and alternate means to meet training requirements through various programs or partnerships.[13][14]

Individual Development Plan[edit]

The Individual development plan assists the student with helping them to map their career development in a strategic fashion. HRU will provide a customizable template that the student can then use to build upon their technical proficiencies.[15]

Resources for Managers[edit]

HRU offers courses, training videos, tools, templates and other resources to assist managers, directors, supervisors, and executives.[16]

Strategic Partnerships[edit]

HRU has established strategic partnerships with American University, George Mason University, University of Maryland University College, and The Catholic University of America.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About the founding date
  2. ^ Registered Students Across Federal Government
  3. ^ About the students
  4. ^ Federal Soup Article on $100 Million Milestone
  5. ^ Govexec Article on HRU's founding
  6. ^ Federal News Radio article on founding
  7. ^ article on the founding
  8. ^ Info on the founder's bio
  9. ^ "OPM Federal Training and Development Wiki - Training and Development Policy Wiki".
  10. ^ HRU Current Leadership
  11. ^ HRU Registration Information
  12. ^ About the Resource Center
  13. ^ About HRU's Course Catalog
  14. ^ Added article on the courses
  15. ^ About the IDP
  16. ^ Manager's Corner info
  17. ^ HRU Strategic Partnerships

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