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COACHE is a research initiative that gathers benchmarking data on best practices for faculty recruitment and retention. In fall 2012, RIT participated the COACHE survey and we will repeat the process in 2015-2016. Visit the COACHE website to learn more, including results from the 2012 survey. Stay tuned for more information from the COACHE task force coming in early January.

COACHE Faculty Survey

COACHE Faculty Survey

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a research initiative and membership organization that gathers benchmarking data on best practices for recruitment and retention of faculty. The core component of COACHE is a survey with robust analysis designed to provide information about faculty experiences at their campus. COACHE’s institutional reports are powerful tools campus leadership uses to strengthen the university’s capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and to implement informed changes. For more information, visit Harvard Graduate School of Education's COACHE website.

2012 COACHE Survey Results

In fall 2012, RIT participated the COACHE survey and we will repeat the process in 2015-2016. The fall 2012 COACHE survey response rate among RIT’s tenured faculty was 59 percent, which exceeded that of the total COACHE cohort (50 percent). RIT’s non-tenure track response rate was 46 percent, matching the total cohort response rate in that category at the 11 other participating institutions.  Survey results are available on this website on the right.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, university leadership focused on interpreting and sharing the data through meetings with Deans, Department Heads and Chairs, and at Town Hall and college faculty meetings.  

2013-2014 Goals

  • Promotion Clarity and Post-Tenure Mentoring:  All departments in each college will identify best practices and recommendations to develop/improve promotion, clarity of practices/policies, and post-tenure mentoring. Results will be shared within colleges and among Deans and the Provost.
  • Tenure Policy Clarity: The Faculty Affairs Committee will continue to vet its work on proposed revisions to policy E5.0 to the full Academic Senate. Proposed revisions address tenure policy concerns raised by members of our faculty.
  • Appreciation and Recognition: The Provost and Deans worked to identify best practices for appreciation and recognition.


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