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CUPA-HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Maturity Index



What does an institution need to have in place to create and sustain:

  • A diverse workforce?
  • Equitable hiring and compensation practices?
  • An inclusive work environment for all?

In higher education, attention to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts is often focused on the student population. CUPA-HR's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Maturity Index is designed to help higher ed institutions take meaningful steps to develop their DEI efforts around staff and faculty.

2022 Revised Index

This is the second iteration of CUPA-HR’s DEI Maturity Index. In the original index, qualitative analyses of these experts' answers revealed key factors that underlie an institution's progress in its DEI efforts. In the 2022 revision of this index, quantitative analyses of the scores of more than 1,200 responses on the original index identified four key factors that underlie DEI progress:

  • Scope of DEI Efforts
  • Investment
  • Equity and Representation
  • Recruitment and Retention

The revised index has honed the number of questions from 33 to 21, identifying those areas that are most important in distinguishing successful DEI efforts. It will take you approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.

How Does It Work?

This survey should be completed by individuals or teams of individuals who are familiar with DEI efforts on your campus. This usually includes individuals in HR or diversity offices or campus leaders who supervise staff. Some institutions have multiple employees take the assessment separately, and then they use any differences in their results as a starting point for a larger conversation on DEI. This is encouraged, as it will help you build consensus on DEI efforts.

This is not a climate survey, in that the index is not designed to take the pulse of the entire workforce. Rather the index assesses systemic DEI efforts, so only the individuals identified above should be asked to complete the assessment.

Your results will appear at the end of the index, along with an option that allows you to download your scores and recommendations for improvement in a convenient PDF file.

For resources to support those recommendations, visit CUPA-HR's diversity resources page.