The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey asks faculty at colleges and universities nationwide to assess their experiences regarding promotion and tenure, the nature of work, institutional policies and practices, and the climate, culture, and level of collegiality on their campuses. The project aims to provide university administrators with actionable information to improve faculty recruitment and retention efforts.
A variety of national reports highlight issues identified by the survey, including perspectives on mid-career faculty, perceptions of Gen X faculty members, and how leading institutions address the needs of pre-tenure faculty.
Virginia Tech participated in COACHE in 2007, 2009, and 2012. In 2007 and 2009, only pre-tenure faculty were surveyed. The 2012 survey was distributed to all instructional and research faculty. Responses from Virginia Tech faculty are compared with faculty at five selected peer institutions and the entire population of research university respondents.
Highlights of the 2009-10 COACHE survey responses were shared with the Virginia Tech community during the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters.