Founded in 1946, the College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) serves more than HR professionals and other higher ed leaders at over 1,900 member organizations. Committed to promoting the effective management and development of human resources in higher education, CUPA-HR offers many professional development opportunities.
Visit our About Us page to learn more about CUPA-HR.
Our member benefits include:
Visit our Benefits of Membership page to learn more about valuable membership benefits.
Please refer to the Surveys section of the website.
CUPA-HR offers a variety of memberships to serve human resource professionals working in higher education, as well as others interested in the advancement and promotion of the higher education human resource profession. Membership in CUPA-HR is largely institutional-based, meaning that membership benefits belong to a particular college or university, not an individual. Institutional Members make up about 90 percent of CUPA-HR’s total membership. Affiliate organization, international institution, corporate, retiree, transitional, and student memberships are also available.
Visit our Join Now page for more information on types of CUPA-HR memberships.
For higher education institutions, membership dues are determined by your institution’s total operating budget. View the current CUPA-HR dues schedule.
Are you employed with an organization other than an institution? Learn more about membership options and costs.
Some students, retirees and individuals experiencing an employment transition may be able to join at a discounted rate.
The membership year is July 1 through June 30.
For new members:
Within one business day the membership contact and all others on the membership roster will receive an e-mail including a personal username and password to access the website, as well as instructions on how to start using their membership benefits right away.
Within 7-10 business days the membership contact will receive a new member packet. The packet contains a welcome letter from our president and chief executive officer; the latest issue of The Higher Education Workplace; and information on various upcoming association events.
For renewing members:
Membership will continue for all member representatives through June 30 of the following year. Membership contacts should take a moment to update their membership roster.
A membership contact is the main contact for the CUPA-HR membership responsibilities for institutional, affiliate organization and corporate members. Responsibilities include:
If you would like to discuss who manages the membership responsibilities for your institution or organization, contact CUPA-HR toll free at 877-287-2474 or via email.
Each individual at an institution or organization has their own personal username and password. Those listed as a member representative at a member institution or organization can use their personal username and password to access the Knowledge Center and other members-only areas of the website.
If you do not receive a username and password or need assistance, contact CUPA-HR toll free at 877-287-2474 or via email.
The four CUPA-HR regions are named: Eastern, Midwest, Western and Southern. Each of CUPA-HR’s four regions has a board of directors. Visit our About Us page to find listing of region leaders. In addition, each region hosts its own website providing information about its career development programs and general region information.
Affiliated CUPA-HR chapters provide various educational programs on the state or local level to encourage members to engage in networking and career development opportunities. Meeting schedules vary with each chapter. Membership at the national and regional levels of CUPA-HR is separate from a chapter membership. Chapter membership is open to anyone within the chapter’s boundaries.
Visit our Regions and Chapters page to locate the chapter nearest to you and find a listing of chapter leaders.
Visit our Board of Directors page for contact information.
Visit our Staff Directory for a listing of association staff members.