Mon October 29, 2012
COACHE survey reps at Purdue to discuss faculty satisfaction
Purdue faculty can learn more about a satisfaction survey nearly half of them took.
The COACHE survey is run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was conducted last fall to early this year. It shows areas where professors of all ranks are satisfied and dissatisfied with their work environment.
Purdue acting-President Tim Sands says the effort provides a baseline to measure improvement. He says some areas of concern among faculty already are being addressed, such as a lack of clarity in communication from top administrators.
"We've been having a series of faculty lunches, gatherings, and they've been fantastic. You hear things about Purdue, both positive and negative, that just don't come up in ordinary conversation. You have 15 faculty members from all over the campus, all different experience levels. On that particular front, I think we're make some great progress.”
The questionnaire, administered late last year through early this year, covered multiple topics on such things as cooperation, research, and students.
Sands says there are clear areas where improvements are needed.
"Promotion and tenure - clarity of the expectations that we have to work on. We have a Promotion/Tenure Task Force that will be issuing a report soon. I hope and expect that some of the recommendations will address that issue directly. There are other areas where we can do better. Compensation for faculty is an issue we have to deal with."
Sands says the survey will be conducted again in three years.
The faculty COACHE meeting is Monday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. in Stewart Center Room 218 C-and-D.