Survey Participation

Participate in CUPA-HR Surveys

CUPA-HR collects data on salaries for administrators, faculty, professionals and staff, as well as on healthcare and other benefits. Plan now to participate by providing your institution's data!

We collect data for the following surveys:

  • Administrators in Higher Education Survey
  • Faculty in Higher Education Survey
  • Professionals in Higher Education Survey
  • Staff in Higher Education Survey
  • Benefits in Higher Education Survey

The deadline for data submission is January 8, 2021.

New to CUPA-HR Surveys?

3 Reasons to Participate
  1. CUPA-HR is the source for the most reliable and comprehensive higher ed salary and benefits data available. Join the more than 1,300 institutions that contribute annually to this important data resource. Learn more.
  2. At the heart of every great strategy is the data to back it up. When you participate, the data you pull for reports in DataOnDemand includes your institution's data as well.
  3. When you participate, you save! We offer deep discounts (up to 60% off) on reports and DataOnDemand to our participants. See individual Results and DataOnDemand for pricing information.
Data Anonymity Statement

Our Data Anonymity Statement provides an overview of the safeguards we have in place to ensure that our data is anonymous at both the employee and institutional levels.

Complete the Survey Data Providers Form

If your institution is new to CUPA-HR surveys, please complete the Survey Data Providers form, and we will send your data provider(s) instructions for participating. If you are already a survey data provider and want to let us know you'll be participating in this year's collection, please follow the instructions further down the page.

Participation Details

Update Your Institution's Survey Data Providers

Survey data providers are those individuals who authorized to complete surveys on behalf of your institution. If you have an update, please complete our Survey Data Providers form.

Log in to Confirm Your Participation/Provide Data

 You can follow these steps to confirm your participation or upload your data (during the data collection window—see schedule).

1. Log in to Surveys Online, Our Data Collection Platform. Then:

  1. Select the Surveys tab
  2. Click on Survey Menu
  3. If you have not already done so, check the box for “Your Institution…” > “Will Complete” for each survey you plan to complete.
  4. Begin to collect and input your data using the Survey Participation and Information Template (link provided on this page).

2. Let Us Know That You Plan to Provide Data for the Survey
When you let us know that you plan to provide data – step 3 above – we can send you instructions and reminders as we approach the deadline and alert you to any changes.

3. Collect and Input Your Data
If you or one of your colleagues has not already done so, gather basic information about your institution as listed in the INSTITUTIONAL BASICS tab of the Survey Participation and Information Template. You must manually enter Institutional Basics information under the Initial Questions -> Institutional Basics section of the survey. Institutional Basics only need to be filled out once per survey cycle.

Input information on staff and faculty into the UPLOAD TEMPLATE tab of the Survey Participation and Information Template. Be sure to follow instructions on the UPLOAD DIRECTIONS tab. Upload an Excel file containing only our UPLOAD TEMPLATE with your data under the SURVEY FORM section of the survey.

4. Check Your Survey Completed When Finished
To indicate that your survey is complete, check the box in the survey menu for “Your Institution…” > “Has Completed” the survey.


Have Questions?

Ask Research. We are happy to assist in any way we can. Please send your question or request using our Ask Research form.

Ask Other Participants. You can ask questions of other survey participants in the Data User Group in CUPA-HR's online community. This forum is open to CUPA-HR member and nonmember institutions, although a CUPA-HR website account is required to log in. (Tip: Join the forum to enable sending and receiving messages via e-mail.)

Do You Have A New Position Suggestion?

New Position Suggestion. Fill out this form to suggest a new position for benchmarking in the CUPA-HR Administrators, Professionals, or Staff Surveys.


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