COACHE Survey - The Basics

COACHE Defined 

Central Michigan University is participating in a faculty job survey titled The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) [pronounced ‘coach’]. This survey is designed to provide information about faculty perspectives related to service, research, teaching, RPT, department engagements and collegiality, and other academic workplace topics. As noted on their webpage, COACHE is administered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and “is a research-practice partnership and network of peer institutions dedicated to improving outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention.” To date, over “300 colleges, universities, and state systems have strengthened their capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and implement informed changes.” 

The Goal of COACHE for CMU

The goal of implementing this survey is to enhance faculty life through the analysis of data that identifies areas of faculty concern and opportunities for positive change. We want to make data-informed decisions and to set priorities for future success. The survey consists of questions addressing themes such as: 

  • the nature of faculty work (research, teaching, service), 
  • campus leadership, 
  • collaboration and interdisciplinary work, 
  • shared governance, 
  • retention, promotion, and tenure (RPT),
  • mentoring,
  • university policies,
  • and more.
President Davies and Provost Schutten plan to earmark funds to address and improve faculty life, much like what was done for the President’s and Provost’s Fund for Innovation and Excellence initiative of 2019 and ongoing.  

Participation For All Faculty

All full-time tenure track and Fixed-Term faculty will receive an email from the Harvard COACHE team asking them to participate in the survey. The survey will launch in February 2021 and will remain open until April 12, 2021. All participants who complete the survey will be eligible for a drawing for one of 28 $100 Amazon gift cards.  

Note: COACHE will ensure participants' names remain confidential, no employee of CMU will have access to the names of respondents.


Learn more about COACHE in this video:


To learn more about COACHE, visit Harvard's COACHE website, where you can find answers to the most common questions about the survey and the impact that COACHE has had on institutions like ours. For technical issues, please contact COACHE by email. Questions to our CMU COACHE Team can be submitted using this form.