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COACHE Faculty Survey

Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education

The COACHE survey was administered at RIT through the collaborative efforts of Academic Affairs, Human Resources, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Wallace Center, and the RIT AdvanceRIT project. The overall response rate was 59%. The response rates for women and faculty of color were 65% and 58%, respectively. The AdvanceRIT team members participated in webinars presented by COACHE in April and May 2013 to better understand the data and how to disseminate it effectively.

Since then, the AdvanceRIT team, the COACHE Taskforce and the RIT Administration have been reviewing and presenting the data across campus. Interactive discussions with deans, chairs and directors, associate deans, and the Academic Senate have been underway. College-level data is also being shared with individual colleges at scheduled meetings.

COACHE Task Force

  • Stephen Aldersley, Associate VP for Academic Affairs, NTID
  • M. Renee Baker, Executive Director of Faculty Recruitment & Retention
  • Robert Barbato, Saunders College of Business
  • Paul Craig, Head of the School of Chemistry & Materials Science
  • Julia Lisuzzo, Director of Administration of the Wallace Center
  • Ellen Rosen, Director of University News
  • Patrick Scanlon, College of Liberal Arts
  • Maureen Valentine, AdvanceRIT co-PI
  • Lynn Wild, Associate Provost for Faculty Development & the Wallace Center
  • Teresa Wolcott, College of Applied Science & Technology

Additional Information 

The Provost has been actively engaged in the COACHE survey.  His reflections can be found on the Provost's Blog Post.

More information, including the university's goals emerging from the COACHE data can be found on RIT's COACHE website.

Letter from the Provost

Career Life Survey

Creation and Administration

Over the course of the 2008 academic year, the Survey Group developed a comprehensive career-life survey focusing on gender issues in STEM. The team reviewed climate surveys previously developed and administered at other NSF ADVANCE institutions, primarily the survey developed at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The survey titled the “RIT Faculty Career Life Survey” was administered at RIT in the fall of 2009. Questions from these surveys were adapted to meet the specific needs of the RIT environment. Additional questions were composed based on existing RIT culture and background. The survey was structured around four primary areas:

  • Teaching, Resources, and Service
  • Career Satisfaction, Work Load, Recognition
  • Climate, Mentoring, Tenure, Promotion
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Life

Four individuals with experience in assessment and evaluation, but not involved in this study as investigators or survey participants, tested the final survey instrument in a paper format for clarity of questions and categories, formatting and time requirements. Minor updates were made based on their feedback.

Please download the RIT Career Life Survey for more information.

Faculty Exit Survey

Professors Maureen Valentine and Dr. Margaret Bailey have worked closely with a cross-divisional team that includes Human Resources, the Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention, and Academic Affairs for several years while developing a survey instrument and protocol for an exit interview process for full-time RIT faculty. The committee finalized and launched, in May of 2013, a faculty exit survey instrument and associated protocol, and the faculty exit process kicked off in June 2013. It is conducted on an ongoing basis through Human Resources and will continue into the future. It is now a system within the RIT Human Resources and Academic Affairs units with annual dissemination to key members of the upper administration and the AdvanceRIT team.