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Higher education hiring process

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As part of our commitment to improving higher education hiring processes, we are publishing the results of a survey on the technology of higher education hiring.

Some general results from the survey included:

  • 81% of schools surveyed were members of CUPA-hr * 17% were members of HERC * 58% used applicant tracking systems (ATS) * 79% coordinated Administrative Staff hiring in Human Resources * 42% coordinated Faculty hiring in Human Resources, 33% in the Provost’s office, 25% in the Departments * 23% bought unlimited job posting packages from multiple vendors, 50% did not buy packages

In general, those surveyed were happiest with their Advertising firms, but would like to see improvement in both their Applicant Tracking Systems and Job Advertising sites.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

  • 58% of the schools surveyed had ATSs.

  • PeopleAdmin was by far the largest supplier.

  • 55% were happy with the systems (5.5 on scale of 7.0), although 13% were unhappy with pricing.

Advertising firms

  • Only 30% of the respondents used advertising firms.

  • Graystone was by far the largest, followed by Jobelephant and TMP.

  • Almost all responses were quite positive, particularly regarding responsiveness to clients (6.7).

Job Advertising sites

  • All respondents advertised their positions externally.

  • led in all categories among the larger sites (Overall value 5.9).

  • Chronicle of Higher Education was rated a marginal value (very mixed response) (4.5).

  • The applicant pool for InsideHigherEd was weaker than other large sites (5.6). Value was 5.2.

  • The applicant pool for HERC was considered fair (4.6).

  • was an easy-to-use site (6.0).


RICK FRIEDMAN is President of, an academic job advertising website. He has over 25 years of recruiting related experience.

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