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Office for Institutional Assessment

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

The core component of COACHE membership is participation in the Survey of Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction, designed to measure those components identified as the key determinants in faculty satisfaction with their workplaces.

Survey content
The survey dimensions are grouped into the following themes:

I. Tenure (Clarity, Reasonableness)
II. Nature of the Work (Research, Teaching, Service, Support)
III. Policies & Practices (Importance, Effectiveness)
IV. Climate, Culture, Collegiality
V. Global Satisfaction

Survey population: Pre-tenure faculty
An important purpose of COACHE is to learn what tenure-track faculty have to say. The concerns of pre-tenure faculty differ from those of their senior colleagues and they have fewer opportunities to express their views candidly and confidentially. In broader surveys, the voices of pre-tenure faculty are lost, and institutions are no better informed to improve the quality of work/life for the next generation of teacher-scholars--especially unfortunate because individual commitment to career and to employer is forged in these early years. In addition, the experiences of COACHE institutions suggest that improving the work/life of pre-tenure faculty in fact benefits all faculty, as well.*

* http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=coache&pageid=icb.page335637

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