What is the COACHE survey?

Since 2005, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has surveyed more than 15,000 tenure-track faculty members at over 200 colleges and universities across the United States. These surveys focus on the factors that shape career satisfaction – an important matter that bears directly on faculty productivity and retention.

COACHE reports that, across many colleges and universities, the strongest predictors of faculty satisfaction and success are:

  • Clarity of promotion and tenure procedures

  • Work-life balance

  • Institutional support for research and teaching

  • An engaged, supportive climate at the workplace


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