Standard Activity Model (SAM)

    The HelioCampus Standard Activity Model (SAM) allows Benchmarking Consortium members to normalize their spend on academic and administrative activities to benchmark against peers and identify opportunities for operational efficiencies and cost savings.

    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Service
    • Marketing and Communication
    • Public Affairs
    • Alumni Relations
    • Fundraising
    • Prospect Management, Research and Analytics
    • Capital Planning and Management
    • Construction Services, Maintenance and Repair
    • Energy and Utilities
    • Environmental Health and Safety
    • Grounds
    • Custodial Services
    • Public Safety
    • Transportation
    • Accounts Payable
    • Budget and Financial Planning
    • Financial Reporting
    • General Accounting
    • Payroll Processing
    • Procurement
    • Student Accounts
    general administration
    General Administration
    • Executive Leadership
    • Departmental Support
    • Legal Services
    human resources
    Human Resources
    • Benefits
    • Classification and Compensation
    • Employee and Labor Relations
    • Hiring
    • Training
    information technology
    Information Technology
    • Application Development
    • Education Technologies
    • Infrastructure and Operations
    • Security and Privacy
    • User Support
    research administration
    • Pre-Award
    • Post-Award
    • Research Compliance
    student services
    Student Services
    • Academic Advising
    • Admissions
    • Career Services
    • Dining Services
    • Diversity
    • Financial Aid
    • International Programs
    • Recreational Services
    • Registration
    • Residential Services
    • Student Engagement
    • Tutoring and Learning Support

    Organizational Classifications

    For the first time in the higher education industry, these data can be analyzed longitudinally within the following organizational classifications.


    Units that serve the entire campus


    Typically academic units/schools

    Shared Services

    Labor spending that serves more than one unit/school but not the entire campus

    External Labor

    Outsourced labor spending
    • Operating Expenses
    • Total Labor Spend
    • Employees
    • Students
    • Research Expenses
    • Research Awards
    • Development Funds Raised
    • Square Feet Cleaned
    • Credit Hours
    • Sponsored Research

    Analysis Factors

    Allow members to normalize the benchmarking charts within the HelioCampus platform to facilitate accurate, apples-to-apples peer comparisons. Members can view their data spend and activities in hundreds of different ways with over 20 analysis factors in our platform.