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What is 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 are now available to all members of the Purdue community:

2012 Purdue COACHE survey response data  

2015: COACHE returns to Purdue

This year, we will once again solicit Purdue faculty input through the COACHE survey.  The 2015 survey will include 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.  When the survey opens, all faculty will receive information in email with a link for responses.  The window will be from approximately mid-January to mid-April.  

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. 

Questions?  Contact us in the Provost’s Office.