The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey—Faculty Satisfaction and Experiences Related to Diversity

  • Jason Pontius (Iowa State University)


The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey from the Harvard Graduate School of Education is designed to provide a broad portrait of work satisfaction from full-time, pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty. In the fall of 2005, 194 faculty of the 306 potential respondents participated in the survey (63 percent). The data is summarized in five broad thematic cluster categories: (1) tenure; (2) nature of work; (3) policies and practices; (4) climate, culture, and collegiality; and (5) global satisfaction with a comparison to five peer institutions (Ohio State, North Carolina State, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota). Comparisons also are made between gender, race, and academic areas. The results are presented as highest to lowest mean score, effectiveness gaps, and best and worst aspects of working at Iowa State. The Iowa State faculty highly ranked the desire for diversity. This and other results and implications will be discussed.



Published on
01 Mar 2007
Peer Reviewed