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Since 2003, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research-practice partnership (RPP), has been committed to improving the workplace, career and overall experience of faculty members. COACHE is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has surveyed 20,000+ faculty members at more than 300 colleges and universities. Survey results are intended to be used to develop strategies to improve the professional lives of faculty members; the goal is to create an environment where faculty can do their best work.

In the spring of 2019, DU faculty members were invited to complete a survey as a core initiative of achieving R1 Our Way that covers:

Research, Teaching & Service

Resources in support of faculty work

Benefits & Compensation

Interdisciplinary Work & Collaboration 


Tenure & Promotion 

Leadership & Governance 

Departmental Collegiality, Quality, & Engagement

Appreciation & Recognition

Faculty are central to the mission of the University of Denver. Your commitment to improving this workplace was reflected in the 2019 extraordinary response rate (65%). The survey results revealed diversity of opinions across campus and some significant concerns. We invite your participation as we move forward, building on these results to improve our working environments.


What We've Done Since 2019

Nine areas were identified in DU’s previous survey as areas in which we could improve. Click on each topic’s initiatives to learn about what steps DU has taken since that survey to begin to address these findings. 

Internal Transparency Process

The goal of presenting initial COACHE data results to the University of Denver community is to invite the campus to examine the data and become fluent in the areas to be improved and work together to find solutions that improve DU faculty life.

2019 Findings

The COACHE survey asked faculty about academic life on the DU campus. Specifically, faculty were asked to: identify the best and worst aspects of working at DU, recommend working at DU to a colleague, and, finally, suggest targeted areas of improvement for the university.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions about the COACHE Survey and process, please visit the COACHE FAQ page.

Frequently Asked Questions