The results of the Collaborate on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey provide partners with insight into areas of strength at their institutions, as well as areas for improvement. In addition, through blind peer comparisons, COACHE partners can even see how their faculty satisfaction measures compare to other similar institutions.
One of the first action items for partners who are undertaking surveys with the Collaborate on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is to form a COACHE team. Administering any campus-wide, data intensive project necessitates a diversity of skills, talents, and access that no single person at an institution can embody. Despite some people’s desires that the contrary is true, it’s just not realistic to expect a single person to manage a project of this scale.
When we ask our partners “What’s going to get in the way of working with your faculty around COACHE data?”, a frequent response is that faculty are questioning the results. But to ensure that faculty fully engage with data from the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), it is vital that everyone trusts the results — including any skeptics.
Faculty from Florida International University (FIU), a longtime COACHE partner, recently published “Motivating Bystander Intervention to Reduce Bias in Faculty Interactions” in Advance Journal, which focuses on individual and institutional transformation in social justice.
FIU’s Bystander Leadership™ Program was developed and implemented to provide faculty with the knowledge, motivation, and tools to respond against interpersonal and systemic bias and thus promote change that strengthens inclusivity. The program is part of a larger body of programming started in 2011 aimed at reducing gender and race bias among FIU faculty members and is funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program.
Preliminary results from the program suggest that the model could be adopted in other institutions to enhance efforts to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity.
One of the hallmarks of COACHE’s work is listening. Perhaps the clearest example of COACHE listening to its partners is the development of our COACHE Comparative Data for Deans, otherwise known as Deans’ Reports. These reports were built because of our partners’ feedback that drilling down and deploying data at a divisional level is an effective strategy to get even more valuable insights from their COACHE results. Here’s why:
The departure of a single faculty member can cause a significant ripple in the pond of a liberal arts college, as one person’s departure has the potential to impact the community when it comes to teaching, institutional governance, and morale to a degree not seen at larger institutions. Most research up until this point, however, has focused on departures at larger institutions.... Read more about Examining Faculty Departure and Retention at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
Today we are pleased to announce COACHE’s latest annual report. Like many institutions and organizations, COACHE had to quickly adapt our work in 2020 to advance existing priorities while also responding to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We called attention to how COVID-19 has impacted the faculty community we serve, and re-oriented our work toward equity in a new way. We also shifted some of the ways we do our work—which is why you’re reading this annual report online, instead of in print!... Read more about 2020 Year in Review: Responding to a Year of Change, Refocusing on Equity
The COVID-19 pandemic has made questions of trust between faculty and institutional leadership more urgent than ever, as the events of the last year have increased the distance, literally and figuratively, between faculty members and administrators.
COACHE’s Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey partners often use the survey—from pre-launch to sharing the survey results—to raise and address issues of trust on campus.