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COACHE survey for all faculty to launch week of Feb. 6

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From: The Office of Faculty Affairs

Faculty, we’re listening! Make your voices heard.

Beginning Feb. 6, all faculty members are invited to participate in a longitudinal job satisfaction survey from Virginia Tech and Harvard’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE).

The COACHE survey gauges how faculty feel about their experience at Virginia Tech based on factors such as facilities and resources; nature of work; compensation and work-life policies; tenure and promotion expectations; culture and quality of life; colleagues; leadership; governance; and more. Additional questions in this year's survey relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion and were created in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

By benchmarking Virginia Tech against peer institutions, COACHE offers a bird’s-eye view of the university’s climate and quality, as well as a road map to potential change. In the past, results from COACHE surveys have inspired pre-tenure pandemic course releases, mentoring programs, and work-life policies that promote gender equity, among other adjustments.

What you can do: Please take the COACHE survey that will arrive in your email inbox the week of Feb. 6. Average completion time is 22 minutes. Encourage your colleagues to weigh in as well. Faculty in colleges with the highest rates of survey completion will be eligible to win prizes.

Read more about  the COACHE survey, including its purposes, sample questions, anonymity policies, and past survey results, at the website of the Office of Faculty Affairs.

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