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COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey

Vanderbilt has partnered with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) to identify the drivers of faculty success and to implement informed changes. COACHE is a research and membership organization that has been operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2003. COACHE has surveyed more than more than 230 colleges, universities, systems and consortia, making it possible to compare our results to appropriate peers.

COACHE administered the survey from February 2 to April 17, 2016. The survey was designed to provide information in areas such as the nature of work, resources and support, mentoring, interdisciplinary work, tenure and promotion, and work and personal life balance, and faculty governance, among others. The survey included full-time, tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty that report to the provost. It excluded senior administrators with faculty appointments, VUMC clinical faculty (because they had recently completed a substantially similar internal survey), and faculty in their first year at Vanderbilt. The survey was completed by 56 percent of the Vanderbilt faculty who were asked to participate, which was a higher response rate than most other universities in the COACHE survey cohort.

In fall 2016, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and then-Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion George C. Hill appointed a faculty working group (FWG) to analyze and assess the results of the faculty survey.  The FWG has completed its final report.  The report includes an explanation of the COACHE survey, a review of the work of the FWG, a summary and analysis of important findings from the survey results, and descriptive statistics on responses to each question.