Frequently Asked Questions

Is research data stored securely? What data will be destroyed at the end of the study?

Your names and e-mail addresses are retained only for the sake of COACHE research, including reminding respondents to begin or to complete their survey, for limited and IRB-approved follow-up studies, and in cases where respondents specifically permit COACHE to retain contact information for future studies. COACHE will never further disseminate your contact information.  Otherwise, at the conclusion of the survey, we remove any links between the address and its associated responses.

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What will my institution do with the data?

Institutions will use the information from the COACHE Survey in different ways. Most will share the results in summary form with board members, academic administrators, and other groups that need to understand what it's like being a faculty member at your college or university. Some institutions will analyze information from the survey report and use it in their long range institutional planning. Your institution may also share the results with others to help recruit new faculty members.

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What will you do with the data?

The information from this survey will be used in several ways. First, your answers will be combined with those of others colleagues at your institution, analyzed and summarized in the aggregate. COACHE will generate a survey report that provides a compilation of all quantitative findings from your institution. The report will also compare survey results from your institution with five other COACHE institutions that were pre-selected by your institution as peers.

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I am at an institution which opted for unit-record data - how do I know my anonymity is safe?

Your institutional representative has signed a confidentiality agreement stating that only aggregate data with no cells smaller than five respondents will be shared with broader audiences at your institution, and that no individuals in a position to make or influence individual faculty personnel decisions will have access to the record-level data.

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I am worried about my answers not being anonymous. Can my identity be determined in any way?

Confidentiality and anonymity are assured in all COACHE analyses and reports. Your name and email addresses are retained solely for the sake of COACHE research, including reminding respondents to begin or to complete their survey and for limited and IRB-approved follow-up studies. When we submit the survey report to your institution, only the aggregate data is shown in the report. No identifiers are matched to reported responses, and no disaggregated data will be presented for any subgroup with fewer than five respondents.

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I am having trouble opening the survey link. What should I do?

If clicking directly on the survey link in your email does not open the survey for you, you may find it easiest to simply copy and paste the link into the address bar of your web browser and then hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Sometimes, problems may be caused by your browser's pop-up blocker. Although our survey is designed not to be hindered by the default settings of such pop-up blockers, the more stringent blockers have caused a problem like the one you are describing.

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