Ensuring that faculty can thrive and succeed is imperative to university leaders. In an effort to assess the faculty experience, RIT partners with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to administer a faculty job satisfaction survey every three years.
The COACHE survey assesses faculty members’ experiences and views in regards to several important areas of their professional lives:
Research, teaching, service
Resources in support of faculty work
Benefits, compensation, and work/life
Interdisciplinary work and collaboration
Tenure and promotion practices
Leadership and governance
Departmental collegiality, quality, engagement
Appreciation and recognition
COACHE is a research initiative that gathers benchmarking data on best practices for faculty recruitment and retention. More information is available on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's COACHE website.
2019 COACHE Survey
The second COACHE survey resulted in a 50% total response rate, which is 5% and 4% higher than cohort and peer institutions respectively. The Summary Report 2019 presents RIT’s survey results. The Provost’s Town Hall presentation of results is also accessible below. The open-ended comment analysis identified major themes in faculty feedback and provides a summary of comments.
The second COACHE survey resulted in a 51% total response rate. The Provost’s Report 2016 presents RIT’s survey results. Areas of strength included the nature of work related to service; governance (shared sense of purpose, understanding, adaptability, productivity and trust); senior leadership; personal and family policies; and health and retirement benefits. Areas of concern were collaboration, tenure and promotion clarity, and departmental engagement and quality.
The inaugural COACHE survey response rate among RIT’s tenure-track 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. Results of the survey noted areas of concern related to promotion and tenure policy clarity, post-tenure mentoring, and faculty appreciation and recognition. Survey results are available on the right sidebar.