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HERI Faculty Survey


  • Are your faculty using advanced pedagogy in the classroom? More so than your peer institutions?
  • In what areas are your faculty most satisfied? Is it different for associate professors? Adjuncts?
  • How do your faculty view institutional priorities?
  • How do your faculty experience the campus climate?
  • Where are areas for growth and improvement?

Using the HERI Faculty Survey

Your faculty are essential to the main educational mission at your institution. Given their importance, it is vital to monitor aspects of their experience.

The HERI Faculty Survey provides institutions with a comprehensive, research-based picture of key aspects of the faculty experience. Since 1989 over 1,100 two-and four- year institutions have used results from this survey to connect faculty practices, values and priorities to institutional success and drive improvement efforts.

The HERI Faculty Survey is designed to provide institutions with actionable information on important and timely issues. It includes topics such as pedagogical practices, faculty goals and expectations for students, research and service activities, sources of stress and satisfaction, and the connection between learning in the classroom and practices in the local and global community.

Results from the HERI Faculty Survey have been used in strategic planning, faculty recruitment and retention, faculty development activities, assessment and accreditation, and discussions relating pedagogy to student learning experiences.

The 2013-14 HERI Faculty Survey includes:

  • A new format that combines a web-based "core" instrument that all institutions administer with optional modules. Modules are brief sets of related items that institutions may elect to use or not use based on their mission, goals, and needs
  • New items related to teaching and learning
  • Special sections for faculty teaching graduate students and part-time faculty
  • Refinements to existing constructs and themes
  • A separate version of the survey for two-year institutions, with improved clarity and applicability of survey language
  • The opportunity to add up to 5 open-ended and up to 30 closed-ended institutional or consortium questions
  • The ability to select peer comparison groups for your institutional reporting

You will receive an institutional profile, which includes institutional results broken out by sex and comparisons with other similar institutions. Separate reports in the institutional profile detail findings for full-time, part-time and graduate faculty separately. Institutions also receive a data file of your faculty responses, a PowerPoint Presentation summarizing results, and a monograph of the national results.


The HERI Faculty Survey is a web-based survey. It is administered nationally to faculty at two- and four-year colleges.

Each institution selects its own sample. The HERI Faculty Survey is meant to be used with all faculty, be they full- or part-time, graduate faculty, or administrators with teaching responsibilities. Each institution has the ability to customize the survey for their administration. Additional important details regarding specific customization options can be found in the Forms and Documents section below.

Forms and Documents

The Survey Instrument
  • 2013-14 HERI Faculty Survey Instrument - All institutions participating in the HERI Faculty Survey administer this "core" set of questions
  • Sexual Orientation and Status - Asks four demographic questions about sexual orientation and disclosure status
  • Campus Climate Module - This optional module asks respondents about their perception of the campus environment and the various types of practices and policies in place at an institution
  • STEM Module - This optional module examines practices and expectations in STEM disciplines, focusing on the use of active learning techniques and faculty values related to STEM majors. If selected, this module will only be seen by faculty at your institution in STEM disciplines. For a list of STEM disciplines, click here
  • Academic Advising Module - This optional module examines the nature and scope of academic advising at an institution and the extent to which faculty advisors assist students with academic growth
  • Spirituality Module - Adapted from the College Students’ Beliefs and Values (CSBV) project, this optional module examines faculty perspectives and practices with respect to religion and spirituality

Because the HERI Faculty Survey is comprehensive, it gathers information on a wide variety of issues relevant to faculty. Below are documents organized by topic that allow you to easily find items to the survey that may be of particular relevance on campus.

Important Forms and Documentation

HERI Faculty Survey Fees

Standard Costs
Participation Fee $825.00
Processing Fee $3.25 per survey processed
Optional Costs
Customized Welcome and Thank You Pages FREE
Integrated Additional Questions $350.00
Integrated Open-Ended Questions $350.00
Email Distribution to Faculty $375.00

Billing and Withdrawal Policy

Billing Policy

Upon registration, institutions are sent one bill for the participation fee. After each institution completes their survey administration and returns the data for processing, the per-survey processing fees are calculated and a second bill is sent to each institution for their respective processing charges. Institutions are also billed separately for any Data Service Orders they may place, and these bills are sent out after the completion and fulfillment of each Data Service Order.

Withdrawal Policy

You may cancel without penalty up to the time that the unique web log-in codes have been sent to your institution, or distributed per your institution's direction. If the web log-in codes have already been sent to your institution or distributed via HERI's email distribution service to your intended survey participants, you will be charged a withdrawal fee of $100. In addition, if HERI has provided any customized services at your request (e.g., incorporated on-line additional questions, etc), you will also be responsible for the full cost of these services.