The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey is a tool used by institutions to gather faculty perceptions on their workplace experience. Beginning by highlighting the areas where we are doing well and where you feel the institution could improve, this survey helps guide efforts to increase faculty satisfaction and advance faculty-centric initiatives across the university.
UCF conducted its initial COACHE survey during Spring 2015, requesting responses from more than 1,200 full-time faculty members – instructors, lecturers, tenured and tenure-track – in every college. We will continue to reassess every three years with a new survey and compare results to ensure continual progress.
Upon receiving the results of our first survey during Fall 2015, the Office of Faculty Excellence created a priority-setting committee that evaluated the findings and a strategy committee that worked with faculty and department and administrative leadership to determine which areas will be addressed first, and next steps.
Faculty COACHE Innovation Award
One of the first new programs developed from COACHE survey results is the Faculty COACHE Innovation Award, which supports exploration and development by providing faculty with one course release to allow focused time on research, teaching or service. Applications are due Thursday, April 6.
COACHE not only evaluates areas that need improvement, but also what we do well. Based on your feedback, here are the top areas where UCF rated better than our peers and most institutions:
- Quality of colleagues
- Tenure policies and clarity
- Support for engaging undergraduates in research
- Support for obtaining and maintaining grants
COACHE feedback also showed several areas where UCF faculty ranked lower than at other similar institutions. From this feedback, five priority areas for improvement were identified. They include:
- Nature of work, including research, service and teaching loads
- Personal and family policies
- Recognition and appreciation
- Departmental leadership, quality and collegiality
- Promotion policies
Based on previous institutional feedback, we began working on improvements in several areas prior to receiving COACHE survey results. Although these topics were flagged as priority areas within the COACHE report, plans are already underway, and we will be communicating updates to faculty as they are available. These include:
- Paid parental leave
- Recognition for research, teaching and service
- Communication between administration and faculty members
View the complete findings from the COACHE survey results in the Provost’s Report.
Strategies and Next Steps
During Spring 2016, strategy setting sub-committees explored each of the five priority areas for improvement, listed above. They have developed proposed strategies and have offered recommendations that include new initiatives focused on chair and director development, faculty recognition, consistent department and college guidelines, and strengthening work-life balance. These proposed strategies received the endorsement of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee in August 2016, and the Office of Faculty Excellence is currently developing plans for implementation.
Click here to view a full list of the proposed strategies.
Questions and Requests
Faculty interested in scholarly research on faculty recruitment, retention and success should contact Dr. Paige Borden, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Institutional Knowledge Management, for the full data set.
For additional questions about the COACHE survey and priority setting, contact Dr. Cynthia Young, Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence & UCF Global.