The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey
Faculty members are the hallmark of Illinois State University and identifying ways to support you is important to our institution's mission. Our success depends on our ability to attract, retain, and support faculty, so we want to be intentional about efforts to invest in you!
In Spring 2022, Illinois State University partnered with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) based in the Harvard Graduate School of Education to administer our Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. COACHE helps institutions study the work lives of faculty, assess the academic workplace broadly, and provide data that can support decision-making related to faculty members' professional lives and performance. The COACHE data affords administrators and faculty an opportunity to examine data and explore differences for the overall faculty and across faculty subgroups.
Forty-eight percent of Illinois State University’s faculty members completed the online survey, and the results are in! Our results provide great insights into what Illinois State University faculty think about working here. Browse this Preview Report to see an overview of Illinois State University’s results, comparisons across faculty ranks, and comparisons with other institutions. You’ll find a number of key results visual summaries related to each benchmark and responses to consider that can strengthen the work environment.
COACHE summarizes each survey theme using a “benchmark,” which comprises the mean of several five-point Likert-scale survey questions that share a common theme. The COACHE benchmarks reflect themes that are curated based on research and ability to effect change.
These themes include:
Illinois State University's five comparison institutions:
Overall, the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey confirmed that Illinois State University is an institution with many strengths and opportunities for growth.
The best aspects of working at Illinois State University include:
When compared to peer institutions, Illinois State University demonstrates the following "Strengths":
Themes identified as the worst aspects of working at Illinois State University:
When compared to peer institutions, the following "Concerns" were identified about Illinois State University:
Now that the survey has been completed, the Office of the Provost will launch a priority-setting COACHE Action Committee to identify areas where we need to focus, and a strategy committee to determine how we can take steps to address these areas.
Pre-survey awareness began to inform the campus community about this initiative.
COACHE survey was administered from February through March.
Survey results were received which included the preview report to make the data available to all faculty.
A COACHE Action Committee will be created to identify the top priorities from the survey. The committee will chair the Strategy Workgroups.
Strategy Workgroups will be created to establish action plans and solutions across the institution.
Action plans will be created following public forums and feedback sessions focused on the key issues from the survey.
Findings and action plans will be communicated to the campus community.
Action plans are implemented.
Progress assessed and next steps evaluated.
Read about the initial process of bringing the COACHE survey to Illinois State University.