COACHE Faculty Survey

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education

The COACHE survey was first administered at RIT in 2012 through the collaborative efforts of Academic Affairs, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty Career Development, and the RIT AdvanceRIT project. The overall response rate was 51%. The response rates for women and faculty of color were 59% and 46%, respectively. The AdvanceRIT team members participated in webinars presented by COACHE in November 2016 to better understand the data and how to disseminate it effectively.

Since then, the AdvanceRIT team, the COACHE Taskforce and the RIT Administration have been reviewing and presenting the data across campus. Interactive discussions with deans, chairs and directors, associate deans, and the Academic Senate have been underway. College-level data is also being shared with individual colleges at scheduled meetings. AdvanceRIT and Faculty Associates are currently analyzing the data, specifically focusing on subpopulations (hearing status, gender, and ethnicity). A follow on survey was conducted in 2016-2017.

2016 COACHE Survey Results

This past January, faculty were asked to complete the 2016 COACHE survey as a follow up to the 2012 COACHE survey. The 2016 survey resulted in a 51% response rate from our faculty, with an average completion time of 22 minutes. Read the 2016 RIT survey results for more information.

2012 COACHE Faculty Survey

Key Results by Hearing Status and by Gender/Ethnicity

The recruitment and management of talented faculty, as well as of their leadership and career development, are vital to a university's success. What are the best strategies to improve the effectiveness of each? Senior academic officers who lead the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education believe that sound data provides the foundation for a search for best practices. Since 2005, COACHE has surveyed faculty at over 200 colleges and universities. In the fall of 2012, RIT administered the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey to its entire full-time faculty. This report highlights key differences in the satisfaction levls among RIT tenure-track faculty, when grouped by hearing status and by gender/ethnicity. Below is a list of key findings based on the faculty groupings with more detailed information following.

Significant differences by gender, hearing status, and ethnicity

Female faculty were less satisfied than male faculty in: Tenure Reasonableness. Male faculty were less satisfied than female faculty in: Mentoring (effectiveness of mentoring outside the department and institute, and importance of mentoring)

Hearing faculty were more satisfied than Deaf/HH faculty in: Nature of Work - Research, Health and Retirement Benefits, and Division Leadership. Deaf/HH faculty were more satisfied than hearing faculty in: Tenure Clarity and Promotion.

White faculty were less satisfied than all other ethnic groups in: Tenure Policy (clarity of process, criteria and standards) and Tenure Clarity (clarity of expectations - scholar)

Find more information on the survey at the following links:

Additional Information 

COACHE Task Force (as of August 2018)

  • Stephen Aldersley, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, NTID
  • Robert Barbato, Professor, Saunders College of Business
  • Paul Craig, Head, School of Chemistry & Materials Science and Professor, College of Science
  • Maureen Valentine, Associate Dean, College of Applied Science & Technology
  • Teresa Wolcott, Senior Lecturer, College of Applied Science & Technology
  • M. Renee Baker, Executive Director of Faculty Recruitment and Retention
  • Ellen Rosen, Director, University News
  • Patrick Scanlon, Professor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Lynn Wild, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and The Wallace Center