ACUI Benchmarking

With ACUI Benchmarking, you can assess your institution in areas such as facilities, operations, programming, staffing, and financials. After entering your own data, you can:

  • Compare your institution’s data to that of other institutions
  • Filter by classification, size, athletic conference, and more
  • Download presentation-ready reports on industry trends in PowerPoint and Excel format

The tool includes two surveys: the Operations Survey (encompassing facilities, administration, programs and student organizations, and auxiliaries) and the Salary Survey.

Data entry is now available for the 2018–19 Fiscal Year.

Benchmarking Resources


Evaluation Program (CUSA)

As campus leaders strive to improve their organizations, the College Union and Student Activities Evaluation Program (CUSA) provides an external review and specific recommendations from experienced professionals.

Through document analysis and interactions with stakeholders during campus visits, consultant teams provide practical and objective feedback to help host institutions identify strategies for overcoming current challenges, prioritizing staff and financial resources, and communicating the value of campus community. 

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What to Expect

From submitting the initial host intake form to the delivery of the final report, bringing CUSA to your campus takes approximately three months. A typical project involves three consultants spending two and a half days on campus.

With competitive pricing for ACUI member institutions, project costs vary based on the scope of the review, length of the campus visit, and number of consultants requested. In collaboration with the host, ACUI will identify and contract consultants, facilitate travel and lodging arrangements, organize planning discussions, and oversee the production of the written report.


Examples of Past Projects

CUSA is intentionally customizable for institutions to build a visit based on their unique needs. Past projects include:

  • Evaluating how current facilities, services, and procedures are meeting student needs and are aligned with trends in the college union field.
  • Completing a comprehensive departmental external review using functional area standards as part of an institution’s assessment schedule.
  • Assessing staffing resources, organizational structure, departmental alignment, and position descriptions to best achieve the unit’s mission.
  • Recommending programmatic needs to support increased demands related to student organizations, leadership training, and risk management for campus events.
  • Identifying how a department can improve communication and collaboration to prepare for the opening of a new student union facility.
  • Providing objective insights on how to manage financial resources to achieve the strategic goals of the organization.  
Standards & Guidelines (CAS)

CAS creates credible standards, guidelines, and self-assessment guides that help campus leaders design and evaluate programs and services.

With increased scrutiny over campus resources and department budgets, CAS tools help you benchmark current facilities and staffing, identify opportunities to improve student learning and operational success, and communicate the value of the union and activities to senior administrators.

Conducting a Review

Through this six-part Bulletin series, discover how you can conduct a successful program review using CAS standards!

  1. Plan the Process 
  2. Assemble and Educate the Team
  3. Collect and Review Evidence 
  4. Judging Performance and Interpreting Ratings  
  5. Creating an Action Plan
  6. Finalizing a Report and Wrapping Up the Program Review

Resources
  • CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (10th Edition) was released in 2019 to provide standards for more than 40 functional areas, including timely revisions to the CAS general standards, which guide effective practices in student affairs.
  • CAS Self-Assessment Guides are downloadable assessment resources, reformatted in 2015 to help measure progress toward meeting the standards.
  • ACUI members have access to download three relevant standards at no cost. Login to view these standards.
    • Auxiliary Services Functional Areas Standard
    • Campus Activities Programs Standard 
    • College Union Standard

 

CAS 9th Edition

Additional ACUI Benchmarking Resources

What is the period for which we should enter data?
Fiscal Year 2018–19. If your school uses a calendar-year orientation for your fiscal year, you should enter data for Fiscal Year 2018.
Who can enter data?
Each school’s primary contact is considered the primary data entry contact. The primary contact can designate additional data entry contacts by completing this form. Primary contacts will be asked to indicate which survey(s) each new data entry contact should have access to, since the Salary Survey contains sensitive information.
How do I enter data?
Once you’ve been designated a data entry contact, log in and then click the Access Tool button. Please note: The tool will open in a new tab, so be sure to allow pop-ups. You’ll see a welcome message with instructions, as well as a link to data worksheets for each survey. You can download and use these Excel worksheets to gather data in advance of entering it into the system.
Do we have to complete the data entry all at once?
No. Each data entry contact can log in, enter and save their data, and log out again. All data entered by each data entry contact will be retained by the tool.
Will I need to reenter all of my data each year?
If you’ve entered data for a previous fiscal year, you will be able to pull forward that year's data. Be sure to update any figures as needed.
When will I be able to download comparison reports?
The tool requires you to complete 70% of the overall questions, as well as 100% of the required questions, to view results. If you have yet to meet this percentage, please continue to add your data, then you can access results.
I have more questions. Who should I contact?
You can email benchmarking@acui.org with any questions. Additionally, an ACUI Benchmarking Help Desk will be available at the Annual Conference, where you can view demonstrations and get one-on-one help with entering data, designating data entry contacts, and downloading reports.
Entering Data
Accessing Reports