pre-employment assessments for

Colleges and Universities

Our College & University Assessment Solution is the perfect fit for administrators looking for actionable insights into prospective candidates. 

Industry Snapshot

employees of colleges and universities in the us

growth in sector employment over last 5 years

average number of employees per college / university

While the number of administrative positions remained static over the last few years, diversity among both faculty and administrative positions remains low, with people of color still only representing less than 10% of the total population.

This puts increased pressure on HR teams and search committees, who are tasked with finding qualified candidates while improving diversity.  We have over 15+ years experience partnering with colleges and universities of all sizes.

We’ve developed an understanding of the qualities that influence success both in the industry and in the most common academic and administrative roles and can filter your pipeline to ensure only qualified applicants move forward.

We Understand

Academic Roles

Between managing the academic budget to overseeing the next fundraising drive, there’s no room for mistakes when it comes to hiring these roles.

We have over two decades helping our materials clients identify candidates for some of the most popular roles that exceed performance targets and align well with your culture.

popular roles include:

  • Provost
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Assistant Professor
  • Education Consultant

What Makes a Rockstar
Employee in Academia?

Our workplace psychologists have partnered with a wide range of clients, from large universities to teaching colleges, medical colleges to business schools.

As a result of this research, we have identified a proven profile of knowledge, abilities and skills that, together, provide a high-level of predictability into whether a candidate will be successful in the role.

College & University
Personality Traits

There are a number of personality traits that often align with success in college and university settings, and are frequently requested by our clients.

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Connect with a Product Specialist today to learn how we can measure and report on any singular trait or ability you believe equate to success.


  • Cooperation: being pleasant with others on the job

  • Dependability: being reliable and fulfilling obligations

  • Initiative: willingness to take on responsibilities

  • Integrity: being honest and ethical

  • Leadership: a willingness to lead and take charge

  • Self Control: controlling anger, keeping emotions in check

These colleges and universities Trust HighMatch:

The HighMatch College & University Assessment

HighMatch’s College & University Assessment includes a highly configurable test that’s fast, easy-to-implement and measures personality, aptitude and skills right out of the box.

Best of all, it comes pre-populated with job profiles for the most popular roles. These profiles were built by our workplace psychologists and are validated for accuracy.

For larger organizations, HighMatch can build a personalized assessment tailored to your specific role and culture.

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College & University Cognitive Abilities

While not as exhaustive a list as personality traits, there are also several cognitive abilities that often align with success at colleges and universities.

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Connect with a Product Specialist today to learn how we can measure and report on any singular trait or ability you believe equate to success.


  • Vocabulary: the measure of the richness of someone’s vocabulary and fluidity in communication

  • Logical Problem Solving: measures the ability to think through large, complex problems in a linear, step-by-step way

“We’ve taken a huge step forward in implementing a more modern, effective process, and we’re only going to get better now that we have [HighMatch] as part of it.”

Director of Talent Acquisition, University of Central Oklahoma

College & University Skills

We approach skills testing differently than everyone else. HighMatch skills tests, powered by our modern, testing engine, are short and candidate-friendly.

They are also highly personalized, compiled by our team of workplace psychologists from a pool of components and tailored to measure what matters most in the role.

Skills testing is an important piece of the puzzle, however it’s rarely the whole solution. Our clients couple skills testing with other components to ensure they are getting the full picture of a candidate.


  • Computer Literacy: This fast, mobile-friendly test assesses candidate’s understanding of basic computer use

  • Microsoft Word: A fast yet comprehensive assessment designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of MS Word

  • Microsoft Excel: A quick, mobile-friendly assessment designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of MS Excel

  • Microsoft Powerpoint: This candidate-friendly assessment tests knowledge of basic and advanced MS Powerpoint.

For larger organizations, HighMatch can also quickly create short, personalized and mobile-first skills tests covering topics like Clerical Proofreading or Email Etiquette, all powered by our modern, mobile-first assessment engine and tailored to your roles.


UCO uses objective candidate data to improve their hiring processes

Learn how the Talent Acquisition team at UCO were able to improve their hiring process and make better hiring decisions by incorporating HighMatch data.


Download our
‘Improving Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace’ Fact Sheet

The need for consistency in the hiring process is paramount to avoid the dual risks of unconscious bias creeping into the interview process and inability for multiple interviewers to evaluate candidates across a common set of criteria.

Download our D&I Fact Sheet for additional facts around the cost of unconscious bias, and learn how the right pre-employment assessment can help remove bias.


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HighMatch College and University Assessment Solution

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