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, consult the COACHE website.
In fall 2012, all RIT non-administrative, full-time faculty who had been employed for more than one year were invited to participate in the COACHE survey. RIT’s goal was to assess job satisfaction among faculty regarding teaching, research, and service; governance; tenure and promotion; personal and family support; climate and collegiality; and other aspects of faculty work life.
The 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.
During the 2013-14 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.
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.