COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is a national program operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This faculty job satisfaction survey research allows the university to understand faculty satisfaction and climate issues, and compare them with faculty at peer institutions. This survey supports the university's efforts to understand and increase the satisfaction of faculty at all levels, and make UT Austin a great place to work and build an academic career.

UT Austin first participated during the spring 2017 semester, and the second administration of this survey is scheduled for spring 2020.

Record-level data is anonymized by COACHE before it is provided to IRRIS. Presentations are only provided in aggregate form with cell sizes greater than five to ensure that individual faculty and departments cannot be identified.

2020 COACHE Survey Timeline

  • Oct. - Dec. 2019 - Provost's Office and IRRIS staff work with equity councils to refine the survey's custom questions and raise awareness about the survey's importance
  • Jan. 2020 - Details on the administration shared with faculty, faculty council and academic leadership 
  • Feb. 2020 -Survey launches
  • Apr. 2020 - Survey closes

2017 Survey Results

best aspects of the university

Best Aspects of the University Experience

Faculty were asked to select the best aspects of their university experience out of a list of 26 aspects.

university quality

University Quality

Faculty were asked a series of items about their overall satisfaction with the university.

department quality

Department Quality

Faculty were asked a series of items about their overall satisfaction with their respective departments.

opportunities for improvement

Opportunities for Improvement

The following survey themes were identified as opportunities for improvement for UT Austin based on faculty responses.