About Us


CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence.

As the association for HR professionals in higher education, CUPA-HR provides leadership on higher education workplace issues in the U.S. and abroad. We monitor trends, explore emerging workforce issues, conduct research and promote strategic discussions among colleges and universities.

We provide opportunities for our members to connect with one another and to develop professionally by hosting conferences and webinars, publishing tools and resources, and offering online communities for collaboration.

We also partner with other higher education and HR management associations to advocate on legislative and compliance issues that impact the higher ed workplace.


Strategic Priorities

Six strategic priorities guide the work of CUPA-HR:

  1. Create learning and development opportunities that help ensure present and future professional excellence and success.
  2. Proactively influence legislative and regulatory issues that impact higher education, human resources and the higher education workforce.
  3. Identify emerging human resources and higher education trends and address their impact on the higher education workplace.
  4. Embody a culture of excellence through diversity, inclusion and equitable practices in order to achieve excellence in higher education.
  5. Engage CUPA-HR leaders and higher education human resources professionals in work related to CUPA-HR strategic priorities.
  6. Deliver salary research, analysis and reporting resources that are the benchmark for higher education.


Core Values

Inclusive Membership
We perceive CUPA-HR to be the collective voice of the higher education human resource community and strive to ensure that our membership includes all institutions, individuals and organizations with a vested interest in the higher education human resource profession.

We honor our commitments, make decisions in the best interest of our members, and act as responsible stewards of association resources.

We hold to the highest standards in all that we do as we endeavor to exceed our members' expectations.

We recognize the benefits of partnership and explore all opportunities to collaborate with other associations and organizations to advance our objectives.

We respond to member needs, inquiries and requests in a timely manner and consistently seek their feedback to improve our products and services.

Diverse Perspectives
We value diverse points of view and actively solicit the input of our members in making decisions about the association.

Code of Professional Ethics

The purpose of this code is to provide a set of principles to guide higher education human resources professionals as they perform roles within their institutions and as members, volunteers and leaders of CUPA-HR.

As members of CUPA-HR, we will:

  • Honor our commitments
  • Act with integrity and accept responsibility for what we say and what we do
  • Maintain confidences
  • Make thoughtful, informed and impartial decisions
  • Model inclusiveness and treat others with dignity and respect
  • Abstain from actions or decisions that could result in a conflict of interest or damage our credibility
  • Stand ready to make difficult decisions for the good of our organizations and our profession