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
  • Mentoring
  • 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.

2023 COACHE Survey

2023 COACHE Task Force

  • Betsy Dell, Professor, College of Engineering Technology, AdvanceRIT Director, and Sr. Faculty Associate for Women @
  • Hamad Ghazle, Department Head of Clinical Health Professions, Program Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, College of Health Sciences and Technology and Operations Officer, Faculty Senate @
  • Mindy Magyar, Associate Professor, College of Art and Design and Faculty Associate for AALANA Faculty @
  • Samuel Malachowsky, Senior Lecturer, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and Treasurer, Faculty Senate @
  • Atia Newman, Associate Professor, College of Art and Design and Chair, Faculty Senate @
  • Sarah Sarchet, Senior Lecturer, National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Faculty Associate for NTT Faculty@

2019 COACHE Survey

The third 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.


2016 COACHE Survey

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. 

2013 COACHE Survey

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 below.