ACUI Benchmarking is live!

Through ACUI's new benchmarking tool, you can:

  • Enter information in areas such as facilities, operations, programming, staffing, and financials
  • 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.

Want to Learn More?

ACUI Benchmarking Tutorial
Wednesday, December 13, 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
Deana Nichols, ACUI’s member data specialist, will walk you through the ACUI Benchmarking tool, demonstrating the basics of data entry and pointing out various features of the system, before answering any questions posed by participants. Can’t join the program? It will be recorded for future use. To join, go to https://iu.zoom.us/j/364758408. For audio access, you will be able to listen of your computer speakers or call into a phone line (646.558.8656; meeting ID: 364 758 408).


ACUI Benchmarking FAQ

What is the period for which we should enter data?
Fiscal Year 2016–17. If your school uses a calendar-year orientation for your fiscal year, you should enter data for Fiscal Year 2016.
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.
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.

Preliminary results will be released on March 1, after institutions have sufficient time to enter their data. Starting March 1, anyone who has completed the minimum percentage of questions will be able to view comparison reports, utilize filters to drill down reports to the comparisons you need, and download presentation-ready reports for your own use. The full results will then be available beginning May 1.
Will the timeline change for next year’s data entry?
Yes. The typical timeline for entering data will be during June–September to coincide with most schools’ fiscal years.
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.

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