Survey Participation

Participate in CUPA-HR Surveys


Data Collection Opens Data Collection Closes
Nov. 1, 2022 Jan. 6, 2023

CUPA-HR surveys are the platinum standard for reliable higher ed workforce data you need to:

  • Ensure your compensation and benefits are competitive across all positions in higher ed – administrators, faculty, professionals and staff
  • Benchmark representation and pay equity for women and racial/ethnic minorities
  • Compare department sizes with your peer institutions

Each year, CUPA-HR collects 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

Survey participants not only contribute to this important research, but also lock in generous participation discounts on DataOnDemand, CUPA-HR's subscription-based data analysis tool that lets you generate reports using custom comparison groups that you create.

Need Help Providing Your Data?

Participation Webinar

Participation Webinar – September 28, 2022

Register Now | Sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand

Whether you’re new to our surveys or a long-time participant, you’ll learn what’s new for the 2022-23 data collection cycle in this complimentary webinar. Topics covered include:

  • Changes to this year’s surveys
  • Everything you need to know to participate
  • How to manage and update your data providers
  • Critical planning dates to make participation easy
  • What data you should start gathering now
  • Where to get answers to your questions during the collection cycle
  • How your institution benefits from participating in our surveys
  • How to order and access your data
In-Depth Video Tutorial for Participants

Participation In-Depth Tutorial
On-Demand Video Tutorial

If you're new to CUPA-HR surveys, this tutorial details step-by-step how to participate in our surveys! Topics covered include:

  • An overview of the data collected in each survey
  • Data Provider Management
  • Where to find the Survey Participation and Information Templates and how to use them
  • How to complete "Institutional Basics"
  • How to match your institution’s positions to CUPA-HR position codes
  • The required format for your data
  • How to submit your data
  • How to address common data upload errors

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. To recruit and retain a diverse higher ed workforce, you need data to support your mission-critical initiatives. 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 on DataOnDemand to our participants. See pricing.
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.

Count Me In! What's Next?

Great! We start communicating with participants in the early fall in preparation for the data collection open date of November 1. To ensure that your institution is included in those communications, add one or more data providers (the individuals who will complete the surveys on your institution's behalf) using the Data Provider Management Tool, and we'll take care of the rest. Questions? Contact us.

Participating Is Easy

Step 1: Update Your Institution's Survey Data Providers

Your survey data providers — the individuals who are authorized to complete surveys on behalf of your institution — will receive the survey invitation via email. If you have an addition or update, please use the Data Provider Management Tool to make those changes. You can make updates at any time.

Step 2: Log in to Confirm That You Will Participate

This is a critical step. After data collection opens on November 1, follow these steps to confirm your participation for each survey. We'll send you instructions and keep you apprised of any updates related to the surveys.

Log in to Surveys Online, our data collection platform, and then:

  1. Select the Surveys tab
  2. Click on Survey Menu
  3. Check the box for “Your Institution…” > “Will Complete” for each survey you plan to complete.
Step 3: Review the Survey Participation and Information Templates

Each Survey Participation and Information Template includes the upload template, instructions, position descriptions and CIP codes, and details for completing the "Institutional Basics" section of the surveys — all of the information you need to collect and provide data for CUPA-HR surveys.

Step 4: Collect and Input Your Data for Each Survey

Follow the upload instructions and use the provided upload template to prepare one data file for each survey you're completing. Then log in to Surveys Online, our data collection platform:

  1. Select the Surveys tab.
  2. Click on Survey Menu.
  3. Choose the survey you wish to complete.
    • The survey status "My institution will complete this survey" must be checked. This unlocks the data upload option, as well as the required "Institutional Basics" section of the survey.
    • After unlocking the survey, you'll see the upload option in the "Survey Form" section for the survey you're completing. Select your data file and upload your data.

Helpful Upload Tips

  • Use the Upload Template for the current year. Using a template from a prior year may cause your upload to fail.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions in the Upload Directions tab of the Survey Participation and Information Template for each survey you’re completing.
  • You must manually enter "Institutional Basics" information under the "Initial Questions" > "Institutional Basics" section of the survey in Surveys Online. The "Institutional Basics" section only needs to be filled out once during the survey collection period, regardless of how many surveys you complete.
Step 5: Indicate That Your Survey Has Been Completed

To indicate that your survey is complete and transmit your data, check the box in the Survey Menu for “Your Institution…” > “Has Completed” the survey. Check this box for each survey you complete. We cannot accept your data until you complete this very important final step.

Have Questions?

Ask Member Service. We are happy to assist in any way we can.

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.