COACHE, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a consortium of institutional leaders working to improve outcomes in faculty recruitment, development, and retention. COACHE developed and administers the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey and has published a series of Benchmark Best Practices and Special Reports that feature promising practices from member institutions, including the ways in which COACHE data informed their decisions and strategies.

CUNY will participate in the Spring 2019 COACHE faculty satisfaction survey

The survey will open the week of February 4th, 2019

Partnering with COACHE to administer the survey is an important part of CUNY’s commitment to its faculty, to a healthy campus climate and to ongoing assessment and improvement of the university.

Participating in the COACHE survey is an opportunity for CUNY faculty to have a voice in making their colleges and the university better places to work.

CUNY wants to hear from its faculty.  We hope you will participate.


Want to learn more about why we are conducting the COACHE survey at CUNY.  Want more information about the process and timeline?  See University Associate Dean Nicols-Grinenko’s December 14, 2018 presentation to CUNY’s Faculty Governance Leaders.

To help with the logistics involved with administering the survey, COACHE asked for two liaisons from each CUNY college – one from the Provost’s Office and one from the Office of Institutional Research.  A list of the CUNY COACHE liaisons is available here.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko, University Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, at Annemarie.Nicols-Grinenko@cuny.edu or 646-664-8068

CUNY’s Participation in the 2015 COACHE survey

In spring 2015, the COACHE survey was administered CUNY-wide for the first time. In order to accomplish this, CUNY and the University Faculty Senate worked with COACHE to develop a survey for community college faculty – a first for COACHE.   Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz presented the CUNY-wide COACHE results to the University Faculty Senate on December 1, 2015. Her presentation is available for download here.

Responses to the 2015 COACHE Data

  • In fall 2018, the Office of Faculty Affairs queried the CUNY Provosts at all CUNY colleges and schools that participated in the 2015 COACHE survey about how their colleges responded to the 2015 COACHE data
  • Every CUNY college that participated in the 2015 COACHE survey responded to the data in a variety of ways
    • General responses to the data included the formation of a task force/working group to dig deeper into the data and recommend actions and the establishment of new positions dealing with faculty affairs
    • Many colleges responded to issues related to COACHE’s Nature of Work: Research benchmark.  Support for grant-writing and publication and additional internal funding for research/scholarship/creative work were among the most common activities
    • Issues related to Tenure and Promotion were also addressed by many colleges and included new or expanded workshops and the review and revision of policies, procedures and guidelines
    • Many colleges also addressed COACHE’s Appreciation and Recognition benchmark by creating new awards, holding new events and highlighting faculty accomplishments on websites and in print materials
    • Other benchmark areas that were addressed include Collaboration, Facilities and Work Resources, Global Satisfaction, Interdisciplinary Work, Leadership, Mentoring, Nature of Work: Teaching, Service, Other; Personal and Family Policies and Shared Governance
  • The university also responded to the 2015 COACHE data
    • In December 2017, CUNY and the PSC signed the workload reduction agreement in response to CUNY faculty university-wide indicating in the 2015 COACHE survey that their teaching workload was among the top 3 worst aspects of working at CUNY
    • The Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Awards were institutionalized as the William P. Kelly Research Fellowship Awards to support the scholarly and creative activity of faculty at CUNY community colleges in response to CUNY community college faculty indicating that a lack of support for research/creative work was among the top 3 worst things about working at CUNY
    • New university-wide programs to support mid-career faculty advance toward promotion were implemented because CUNY Associate Professors indicated that they were more dissatisfied with promotion than Associate Professors at comparable institutions
    • The Faculty Affairs Advisory Board was established to advise CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs on issues of concern to faculty
  • A list of all responses is available here.