The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is a research-practice partnership bringing together faculty and academic leaders who believe that the search for best practices begins with sound data--data that make the recruitment and management of faculty talent, and their own leadership, more effective. COACHE, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, enrolled its first cohort of institutional partners in the 2005-06 academic year.


Beyond its faculty surveys and robust analysis, COACHE brings our partners together to advance our mutual goals of maximizing the impact of the data. Virtually and in person, we gather provosts, vice provosts, deans and associate deans, faculty leaders and other campus strategists. They meet with counterparts from peer institutions and respond to COACHE’s findings on exemplary programs and practices. COACHE researchers also work with campuses to provide context and expertise on faculty issues.

Under COACHE, academic leaders at more than 250 colleges, universities, community colleges and systems have strengthened their capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and to implement informed changes.  Offering comparisons to self-selected peers, innovative approaches from exemplary institutions, and one-on-one consultations, COACHE is a full-service partner in improving the academic workplace.