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COACHE and the University of California Collaborate to Reinvent Faculty Exit Surveys

March 14, 2016


First-of-its-kind shared survey to show why faculty leave and at what costs

The University of California’s Office of the President has joined with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research-practice partnership based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to launch a faculty exit survey that is the first of its kind.

Given the academy’s struggles to diversify the professoriate and regular media coverage of high-profile, high-cost faculty exits, COACHE and UC recognized that… Read more about COACHE and the University of California Collaborate to Reinvent Faculty Exit Surveys

New Reports from COACHE Direct College Leaders to Understand, Support Faculty Workplace

May 21, 2014

A new series of nine white papers released to members this week by the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) offers examples from seventeen colleges and universities whose faculty indicated exceptionally high levels of satisfaction across one or more themes of the organization’s survey benchmarks. 

The universities and colleges featured in these benchmark reports are: Binghamton University (SUNY); Christopher Newport University; Fayetteville State University; Hamilton College; College of the Holy Cross; Hobart &… Read more about New Reports from COACHE Direct College Leaders to Understand, Support Faculty Workplace

COACHE recognizes member campuses with highest levels of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction

November 15, 2010

Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) today released the names of its member colleges and universities with the highest levels of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction.

Data from COACHE’s Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey reveal some colleges and universities as “exemplary” on key dimensions of the work experiences of early-career faculty. The assessment considers the same benchmark dimensions used in COACHE’s institutional reports: tenure practices; the clarity of institutional expectations for tenure; the nature of… Read more about COACHE recognizes member campuses with highest levels of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction

COACHE releases first study of pre-tenure faculty satisfaction by discipline, sex

July 12, 2010


Physical sciences and humanities faculty among those satisfied with more aspects of their careers

A new report by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) reveals evidence of major differences in work satisfaction between faculty in different academic areas and between men and women within many of those areas. In surveys of untenured assistant professors at research universities, faculty in the physical sciences and  humanities were among those satisfied with more aspects of their work lives, while faculty in… Read more about COACHE releases first study of pre-tenure faculty satisfaction by discipline, sex

Study Challenges Perception of ‘Gen X’ Faculty as Career Climbers

March 4, 2010


Interviews reveal desire for “roots, not rungs.”

A new study commissioned by COACHE—the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education—challenges the common misperception of “Generation X” college faculty as self-centered careerists. Interviews with 16 faculty and administrators at three representative campuses suggest that Gen X faculty prefer, in fact, to establish long-term relationships with colleagues and others in their professional and personal communities.… Read more about Study Challenges Perception of ‘Gen X’ Faculty as Career Climbers

COACHE releases comprehensive study of how satisfaction differs among tenure-track faculty of different races, sexes

December 4, 2008


First time race data from over 8,500 pre-tenure faculty disaggregated

A new report by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research project based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has revealed for the first time perspectives on tenure-track faculty work satisfaction disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The 2008 Highlights Report also includes new comparisons of results between faculty at public and private universities and between men and women within… Read more about COACHE releases comprehensive study of how satisfaction differs among tenure-track faculty of different races, sexes

Top Academic Workplaces 2006-07: COACHE recognizes campuses with highest faculty job satisfaction

December 5, 2007

While the majority of junior faculty at America’s colleges and universities are satisfied at work, some institutions are doing particularly well in this regard. The Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, administered by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) in 2005 and 2006, determined that some colleges and universities are “exemplary” on certain key dimensions of faculty work/life.  The COACHE Survey considered the following categories in its assessment: tenure practices, clarity, and reasonableness; effectiveness of key policies… Read more about Top Academic Workplaces 2006-07: COACHE recognizes campuses with highest faculty job satisfaction

The One-Two Policy Punch: Be Sure to Consider Importance *and* Effectiveness

August 1, 2007


Research pressures cause greatest angst in survey of nearly 
7,000 early-career faculty


A new report by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research project based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has revealed that junior faculty place a high degree of importance on institutional policies and practices in terms of how they affect career success. However, junior faculty expressed less satisfaction with the effectiveness of those policies and practices.

The comprehensive report… Read more about The One-Two Policy Punch: Be Sure to Consider Importance *and* Effectiveness

Top Academic Workplaces 2005-06

January 23, 2007

While the majority of junior faculty at America’s colleges and universities are satisfied at work, some institutions are doing extraordinarily well in this area. The survey, administered by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) in 2005, determined that some colleges and universities are “exemplary” on certain key dimensions of faculty work life.

“While all COACHE participants are committed to a more fulfilling and productive work life for new faculty, the exemplars deserve special mention because they are already succeeding,” said Richard Chait,… Read more about Top Academic Workplaces 2005-06