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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 Feb. 2 to Apr. 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 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 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 faculty working group has completed its preliminary report as the first step in the completion of a final Report to the Community to be released at the end of Academic Year 2016-17. The FWG will hold town hall meetings across campus to answer questions and will revise and expand the current report based on feedback and insights gained from that process.

The Provost also appointed a second working group charged with providing insights for each of the deans and their faculty.

Vanderbilt's faculty may access the survey questions, applicable reports and graphics, town hall information, feedback form, among other information by clicking on the below items.

Initial documents

Initial Documents

Preliminary Report

Preliminary Report

Final Report

Final Report (coming soon)


Town Halls & Feedback

Working Groups

Working Groups