Since 2003, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research-practice partnership (RPP), has been committed to improving the workplace, career and overall experience of faculty members. COACHE is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has surveyed 20,000+ faculty members at more than 300 colleges and universities. Survey results are intended to be used to develop strategies to improve the professional lives of faculty members; the goal is to create an environment where faculty can do their best work.

In the spring of 2019, DU faculty members were invited to complete a survey about:

  • Research, teaching, service
  • Resources in support of faculty work
  • Benefits, compensation, and work/life balance
  • Interdisciplinary work and collaboration
  • Mentoring
  • Tenure and promotion practices
  • Leadership and governance
  • Departmental collegiality, quality, engagement
  • Appreciation and recognition

The 2019 survey is a starting point, not an end. It is a snapshot which provides an opportunity to engage in ongoing discussion and planning. The Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate are working closely with a series of COACHE advisory committees to circulate the survey results, support faculty engagement, and generate strategies to understand and address any questions raised by the results.

Faculty are a central pillar of the University of Denver and the drivers of our future. Your commitment to improving this workplace is reflected in the extraordinary response rate (65%). The survey results revealed diversity of opinions across campus and some significant concerns. We invite your participation as we move forward, building on these results to improve our working environments.

Internal Transparency Process

The goal of presenting initial COACHE data results to the University of Denver community is to invite the campus to examine the data and become fluent in the areas to be improved and work together to find solutions that improve DU faculty life.

Findings

The COACHE survey asked faculty about academic life on the DU campus. Specifically, faculty were asked to: identify the best and worst aspects of working at DU, would they recommend working at DU to a colleague, and, finally, faculty were asked to suggest targeted areas of improvement for the university.

PRELIMINARY REPORT

  • Login to PioneerWeb with your DU ID and password
  • Go to the Faculty Tab
  • You will find the COACHE Survey 2019 Initial Report in the Faculty Senate section