Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education

2015: the COACHE Returns to Purdue

In 2015, we once again solicited Purdue faculty input through the COACHE survey. The 2015 survey included all of the previous questions for comparison to the 2012 benchmarks, as well as some new questions related specifically to leadership and climate for women and under-represented minority (URM) faculty. The survey period ran from January through April 2015; the response rate was 54%.

Responses from the survey are completely confidential. The data are held by COACHE under an IRB-approved protocol and Purdue faculty and administration do not have access to them. Even the aggregated data that we receive and use are masked for any demographic group with fewer than 10 members in a unit.

Three documents containing and explaining the Purdue results are available here

The Office of the Provost hosted a town hall meeting to review highlights from the 2015 COACHE survey results. Watch the full meeting here.


History of the COACHE Survey

Since 2003, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has surveyed more than 15,000 tenure-track faculty members at over 200 colleges and universities across the US. These surveys focus on the factors that shape career satisfaction – an important matter that bears directly on faculty productivity and retention.

COACHE reports that, across many colleges and universities, the strongest predictors of faculty satisfaction and success are:

  • Clarity of promotion and tenure procedures
  • Work-life balance
  • Institutional support for research and teaching
  • An engaged, supportive climate at the workplace

In 2012, Purdue University participated in the COACHE survey for the first time. With a response rate of 47% (778 individuals), Purdue faculty indicated their major concerns to be tenure policy, salary, and child care availability. This led to specific action by the university in all three areas, as well as initiatives in other areas identified in the survey responses.

Several reports based on the findings from this investigation remain available to all members of the Purdue community:

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