In the fall of 2019, Provost Brickhouse formed a steering committee to assess faculty satisfaction and identify strategies to enhance the faculty experience, retention, and productivity. The steering committee partnered with Harvard’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) to conduct an extensive survey of all faculty in the spring of 2020.
COACHE is a research-practice partnership and network of peer institutions dedicated to improving outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention. Under COACHE, more than 300 colleges and universities have strengthened their capacity to identify the drivers of faculty success and implement informed changes. This strategic partnership allowed us to compare our results across campus, relative to five peer institutions, and across 110 institutions nationwide.
The COACHE Executive Report dated October 2021 is available below. The next COACHE survey will take place in the spring of 2024.
COACHE Survey Report
The COACHE survey report provides a comparison of Baylor’s survey results to a “cohort” of peer institutions that identify as generally similar. A complete list of the schools in this “cohort” is available in the appendix of the report. In addition, a group of five “peers” were selected to represent a comparison set of those most similar to Baylor in the faculty labor market. Those “peer” universities include Emory University, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University.
To explore a few of the key highlights from the COACHE survey findings, please look below:
Decision-making processes across all levels
Experiences of underrepresented minority faculty
Barriers to Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
Quality of Colleagues
Quality of Undergraduate Students
Support of Colleagues
Facilities and Work Resources
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I am pleased to share with you that Stephen B. Reid, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Scriptures with Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, has been selected to serve in a new position as the University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity & Belonging.
Three years ago, Baylor developed a strategic roadmap that would guide the academic priorities of the University. Thanks to the great work and commitment of our faculty, we have made significant progress toward the goals established in that strategic plan, Illuminate.
Earlier this year, you were invited to participate in the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey designed and administered by Harvard University to help assess areas at Baylor that impact faculty satisfaction, such as <em>research, service, teaching, facilities, resources, policies, benefits, collaborative work, mentoring, tenure and promotion, leadership, institutional governance, shared governance, collegiality, and recognition</em>. <strong>We want to say “thank you.”</strong>
One of Baylor’s highest priorities is the satisfaction and success of its faculty. To reach that goal, we must continuously strive to understand areas of faculty success and faculty concern and work together to find solutions, processes and procedures that support improvement.