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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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New study indicates faculty treatment matters more than compensation

September 25, 2006


Survey of 4,500 tenure-track faculty reveals surprising findings

A new study by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research project based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has revealed that climate, culture, and collegiality are more important to the satisfaction of early career faculty than compensation, tenure clarity, workload, and policy effectiveness.

The survey of 4,500 tenure-track faculty at 51 colleges and universities...

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