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.

The purpose of these questions is to generate information that can be used to inform community and institutional action and are presented for review below. We provide an overview of the key data points. COACHE also presents comparative data relative to the cohort of 103 schools who completed the survey and 5 “peer” schools. This preliminary report is useful for comparison purposes and highlights differences for pre-tenured faculty, faculty who identify as women and those who identify as faculty of color which are also highlighted and described under each off the six key areas for growth below.

DU Response Rates

The commitment of our faculty to sharing their experience was obvious—our response rate (65%) was more than 20% higher than other institutions. You can see the response rates of your peers below.

Response Rates by Division


% of faculty responding from each division

Response Rates by Respondent Characteristics


% of faculty responding from each demographic

To download the report:

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

Best & Worst Aspects of Working at DU

Best Aspects of Working at DU

Worst Aspects of Working at DU

% of faculty responding

To download the report:

  • Login to PioneerWeb with your DU ID and password
  • Go to the Faculty Tab
  • Find the COACHE Survey 2019 Initial Report in the Faculty Senate section
Would You Recommend DU as A Place to Work

“If a candidate for a faculty position asked you about your department as a place to work…”

“If I had it to do all over, I would again choose to work at this institution.”

% of faculty responding

To download the report:

  • Login to PioneerWeb with your DU ID and password
  • Go to the Faculty Tab
  • Find the COACHE Survey 2019 Initial Report in the Faculty Senate section
Areas In Which DU Needs To Improve

Most common themes.

% of faculty responding

To download the report:

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

One of the features of the COACHE evaluation process is the comparison of DU faculty responses with the responses of faculty at similar institutions and with a small group of peer institutions selected to reflect our current and aspirational circumstances. The responses below were benchmarked against the group of 5 select peer institutions (PEER) and a cohort of 103 similar institutions (COHORT). The five peer institutions are Lehigh University, Saint Louis University, Tufts University, Tulane University, and the University of Tulsa.

In that comparison, the following six categories came back as areas of concern, meaning that we rated relatively low compared to our peer institutions in the following. To find out more about how these categories are defined, how we compare to peer institutions, and what is currently being done to address these concerns, click the boxes below.

Picking peers for COACHE is an imperfect art and it is not at all the same as generally naming peer and aspirant institutions for other endeavors. In the case of COACHE, our choice of peer institutions were limited to the 103 institutions that participated in the 2018 survey. The five peer institutions were selected using the following general criteria: size of institution and student population; US News and World Rankings, urban location, and preference for private institutions.

Interdisciplinarity

COACHE defines interdisciplinary as research collaboration within and between institutions and with off-campus partners.

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Leadership

COACHE defines leadership as the ability to clearly articulate institutional mission and vision; to involve faculty in meaningful decisions that affect them; to provide clear and consistent expectations and support for research, teaching, service and outreach; and to promote equity and fairness in faculty evaluation.

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Collaboration

COACHE defines collaboration as faculty working together with students, peers, administrators, or other colleagues inside and outside of the institution, and with the broader community through service or outreach programs.

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Promotion

COACHE defines promotion as the movement from associate professor to full professor, and strength of the policies, developmental opportunities, and practices that facilitate such movement.

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Service

COACHE defines service as committee work (across department, division, and university) and student advising.

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Department Collegiality

COACHE defines collegiality as a faculty member’s cognizance of their sense of “fit” among their colleagues, their personal interactions with colleagues, whether their colleagues “pitch in” when needed, and colleague support for work/life balance.

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