What Peers Are Saying

"The real value of COACHE is its breadth in addressing what everyone is challenged with on a regular basis. COACHE gives you data points on which to base decision-making. In COACHE we not only have reliable, actionable data—we have a partner."

Beverly Davenport
Provost, University of Cincinnati (Cohort 2016)
Former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Purdue University (Cohorts 2014, 2011)

"COACHE’s business model is impressive; their personal touch, attention to detail, and awareness of the issues are all value-added.  More, their responsiveness is uncharacteristic across higher education these days."

Bruce Rafert
Provost
North Dakota State University (Cohorts 2011, 2006)

"COACHE gives you feedback that you can then share with departments and deans. There are policy implications for every question on the survey, which is important because there are other surveys that have ‘interesting’ questions but you can’t do anything with them. With COACHE data, you can initiate change processes."

Mark McNamee
Senior Vice President and Provost
Virginia Tech (Cohorts 2016, 2012, 2009, 2006)

"COACHE underscores the reality that these aren't matters on which you can get a report or survey data; you have to have a constant, on-going assessment of your faculty. In doing so, you get meaningful information on what needs to change to improve the faculty work/life experience."

Gary Phillips
Dean of the College
Wabash College (Cohorts 2012, 2005)

"The University of Houston was very wise to invest in COACHE. The data informed our NSF ADVANCE proposal… The COACHE team run a heck of a top-notch program."

Lisa Robertson
Executive Director, External Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Cullen College of Engineering
University of Houston (Cohorts 2012, 2010)

"The more the merrier on something of this high a caliber."

William Slanger
Director, Office of Institutional Research & Analysis
North Dakota State University (Cohorts 2011, 2006)

"Our participation in the COACHE Survey has had several positive effects. For example, we have been able to refer to the comparative results indicating high satisfaction among junior faculty members in many categories when interviewing candidates for faculty positions. We've also received some very positive media attention because of our COACHE results, including exposure in the national press. This national media coverage is, of course, valuable to us in getting our name "out there" as an institution invested in excellence of all kinds, for our faculty as well as our students. We also feel that our strong positives in the COACHE Survey have had a positive effect on faculty morale, among senior as well as junior faculty. We take pride in being recognized for the good job that we're doing in bringing along our junior faculty in the profession..."

Paula Turner
Associate Provost
Kenyon College (Cohorts 2014, 2011, 2008, 2005)

"Participation has done more than help us to understand the climate for junior faculty at Duke and in a comparative perspective. It has also given a boost to our efforts to attend to issues of importance to all our faculty."

Peter Lange
Provost
Duke University (Cohorts 2012, 2006)

"COACHE made a very important difference in pointing out the need to take action in persuading skeptics that these issues do in fact matter in our ability to recruit and retain faculty, and in speeding up the timetable for implementation."

Elizabeth Doherty
Senior Associate Provost
Brown University (Cohorts 2015, 2008, 2005)

We believe that participating in the COACHE project has been invaluable in letting us understand the status of our probationary faculty and in planning ways to make significant changes in their lives. It gave us the impetus to carry out several studies of our faculty regarding mentoring and the impact of a broad orientation on feeling connected to the University.

Arlene Carney
Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
University of Minnesota (Cohorts 2013, 2005)

"I think that the unionized campus should join COACHE because the data that come from the survey can be used by the union to bargain a more enhanced work environment for the faculty. For example, our union has been bargaining for a research release semester prior to tenure for some time. In part due to the COACHE data, a program is in ‘pilot phase’ in the colleges of humanities and fine arts this year. The union has heralded this program, and from what I understand, will be making this research release semester part of their upcoming bargaining proposal, hoping to expand it to all schools and colleges."

Mary Deane Sorcinelli
Associate Provost
University of Massachusetts Amherst (Cohort 2007)

"While some states are seeking to define ‘accountability’ by unproven (and worrisome) measures of faculty ‘productivity,’ SUNY sees its responsibility to faculty differently. We seek to foster a culture of support and success, both to recruit the best and brightest teacher-scholars to SUNY and to keep them thriving on our campuses."

David Lavallee, in a letter to all faculty announcing COACHE partnership system-wide
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
State University of New York (Cohort 2011)