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.

2016 COACHE Survey Results

This past January, faculty were asked to complete the 2016 COACHE survey as a follow up to the 2013 COACHE survey. The 2016 survey resulted in a 51% response rate from our faculty, with an average completion time of 22 minutes. The Provost’s Report 2016, on the right side of this web page, contains RIT’s 2016 survey results.

2012 COACHE Survey Results

The 2012 COACHE survey response rate among RIT’s tenured faculty was 59%, which exceeded that of the total COACHE cohort (50%). RIT’s non-tenure track response rate was 46%, matching the total cohort response rate in that category at the 11 other participating institutions. 2012 survey results are available on this on the right of this web page.

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.