What is COACHE?

“The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is a research initiative and membership organization driven by senior academic officers who believe that the search for best practices begins with sound data – data that make the recruitment and management of faculty talent, and their own leadership, more effective. Founded in 2002 with support from the Ford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, COACHE is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is now supported completely by its members.” - From the COACHE website

MU joined COACHE for the 2012-13 survey cycle. COACHE administered the survey in late fall 2012 and early 2013. For the first time in its history, COACHE offered an optional survey module for non-tenure track faculty. MU opted to participate in this module. Our survey population included all full-time faculty, both tenure stream and non-tenure track.

MU received its survey results in June 2013 and began the process of understanding our results and thinking about how best to disseminate them and use them to improve faculty work life on campus. A faculty committee (both tenure stream and non-tenure track) from across campus was appointed by Interim Provost Kenneth Dean. The committee first met in December 2013. Its charge included developing a plan to disseminate results across campus and to recommend two to three key areas for improvement campus wide.

By the end of spring 2014, the committee submitted its recommendations to the provost and began disseminating results to leadership groups on campus. Presentations have been made to the Council of Deans, Faculty Council and the provost’s staff. The data presented here are a component of this dissemination plan.

These results represent the baseline for what is intended to be a continuing effort to improve faculty work satisfaction and engagement at MU. MU is planning to administer the survey in 2016 to determine whether our improvement efforts over the next few years have increased faculty satisfaction and engagement, and to provide guidance for furthering our improvement work.


Charge and Recommendations

Survey Response Rates and Results