New Harvard survey offers insights into higher ed faculty

The Harvard School of Education has published a report on their COACHE survey. The report’s introduction states:

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) provides academic leaders with in-depth peer data to monitor and improve work satisfaction among full-time, tenure-track faculty…

The core element of COACHE is the Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, a validated survey instrument developed, tested, and continually improved with assistance from the Ford Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and participating institutions. We now have job satisfaction data on nearly ten thousand pre-tenure faculty nationwide.

The COACHE Survey assesses faculty experiences in several areas deemed critical to early-career faculty success:

  • Tenure practices
  • Clarity of institutional expectations for tenure
  • Reasonableness of institutional expectations for tenure
  • Nature of work – Overall
  • Nature of work – Teaching
  • Nature of work – Research
  • Work and home
  • Climate, culture, and collegiality
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Global satisfaction
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